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Microsoft… reacting or responding?

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Came across this article from ZDNet entitled ‘Microsoft turns to users for new wave of Xbox games’ and the part that interest me was the 70% revenue for the game developer! Sounds familiar… Oh I got it! Apple App Store is having that strategy as well and surprisingly, it too is on a 70% revenue split for the developer!!!

I have been reading great stuff on the XNA tools initiative for years now… and had never seen Microsoft looking at their market base and doing something like the way Apple did with the App Store!!! Microsoft had years of head start with the XNA Game Studio… but only now this announcement? Is this a reaction or responds to the Apple App Store?

Honestly, it does not matter as long as Microsoft learn something from it! It’s not about not taking the risk but about looking at your market, at your customers, and offering tools / ways to keep them EASY hooks to your platform and keep building on it. All of Microsoft ecosystem is like that… but sometimes, at the expense of bottom line / business… the entry penetration is costly / harder due to the cost involved.

Perhaps this model would work better… 70% of Microsoft stuff to be charged while 30% of it is given away free!!!

Just another rant…

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Written by gooddealz

July 23, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Posted in Opinions

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  1. somewhat in relation to this post.
    check this article on Gizmodo out.

    http://gizmodo.com/5027790/why-we-still-need-the-iphone-app-black-market

    makes a good read and shows just how tightly Apple wants to control things, especially the App Store. and I’ve come to agree, there’s definitely a need for a black market, whether Apple likes it or not.

    I miss my 1.1.4 man.

    Wilfred

    July 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm

  2. How is 2.0? Is it stable for you? Cos I am beginning to read / hear many bugs and sluggishness with the new firmware…

    Thanks for being the very few in Singapore to have dare the jump!!!

    Mike

    July 23, 2008 at 3:29 pm

  3. It went crazy me on me yesterday.
    All third party apps crashed instantly.

    Remedy was to do a full reinstall of every single app.
    Bought a couple games with the credits I’ve got on my US account.

    Wilfred

    July 24, 2008 at 8:16 am


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