08-03-2013, 01:25 AM #1
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Recently I've found a lot of discussions and comments have come up lately with some situations concerning Microsoft's and developer's decisions on how purchasing applications works within the Microsoft Store ecosystem. Particularly, some have voiced concern over the fact that an app I purchased for Windows Phone 7, needs to be re-purchased for Windows Phone 8. Similarly others have voiced frustration that an app purchased for Windows Phone needs to be separately purchased for the Windows 8 Operating System. (A prime example of this situation would be the recently released Fruit Ninja game app which was updated for Windows Phone 8 at the price of 99 cents [see the following WPcentral article: Fruit Ninja slashes its way to Windows Phone 8 on Xbox, though previous owners will have to buy again | Windows Phone Central ])
The Microsoft Store seems to have some sticky situations rising to the surface as of late and I would like to hear your opinion and start a discussion on the situation of apps in the Microsoft ecosystem:
- Should a user be forced to re-purchase an app that they have already purchased for a previous generation device (ie WP7 vs WP8)?
On a separate note, should an app (ie Halo: Spartan Assault or etc...) be playable on Windows 8 OS if it has already been purchased for the Windows Phone?
- Does this not cause issues if say an app is updated with an overhaul or an HD remake, should the developer be able to establish this as a separate app, or should previous clients be reimbursed for having to pay again for a "new" app?
- What is your thoughts on Xbox Live games having "duplicate" achievements? For example, now having two versions of Fruit Ninja, "duplicate" entries for two separate Fruit Ninja apps appear under my gamer tag. Is this creating a mess of Microsoft's Xbox Live achievement system?
- Do you think in the future this is a situation Microsoft is looking at to remedy (have a single ecosystem where one app translates across all Microsoft devices). Is this system currently a mess or is there any merit to the current state of the Microsoft Marketplace?
- Will Microsoft always be the "underdog" in app selection or how has Microsoft's Marketplace position in the eyes of consumers and developers changed (if at all)?
Last edited by TrophyNostalgia; 08-03-2013 at 01:28 AM. Reason: Spelling and Grammar
08-03-2013, 01:35 AM #2
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Re: #1 and #3, I only use free games for that reason. I'm not going to spend money twice on a game, and I have no use for games that do not offer integrated achievements.
If I had an iPad and an iPhone, I wouldn't have to pay twice for the same game.
08-03-2013, 02:12 AM #5
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08-03-2013, 03:07 AM #6
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Also, there's the general preference for non-iPad tablet users to prefer landscape instead of portrait, and so on.I'm also over at the Moriya Shrine! Go there if you're also a fan of Touhou. After all, it is a small community, like WP, right?
08-04-2013, 12:34 AM #7
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08-05-2013, 12:05 AM #9
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Well this is mixed issue, as people have pointed out above. You need more resources to develop wp8 / win8 apps. For Wp8 you must have windows 8 as hyper v is a must and last i recall u need to have a slat enabled processor to use hyper v (correct me if I'm wrong). Also given the difference in screen size and resolution, you still need to adjust the controls appropriate for each device. The other issue is the uninformed public who are not aware of the technical requirements or changes under the hood. As on the face of it an app may still look similar on different devices. This can only be rectified if MS can make it as simple as changing a setting on the compiler therefore less labour time per port and devs adopt the practise of charging once per app install on either version of the o/s - desktop or mobile (I dont c that happening any time soon). Hopefully with WP 8.1 we will see the shared kernal become more and more integrated between w8, rt, wp8 and x1.Can't believe this has to be posted lol..
Vote on both please for MS to retain the back button!
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