Microsoft has a blog post up for developers on how to make money from the apps they develop for Windows 8.
An interesting detail is the pricing tiers Microsoft is setting for those apps. Developers can offer their apps free or, once the Windows Store supports sales, offer their apps at price tiers starting from $1.49.
Price tiers will be available in increments of 50 cents up to $4.99 USD. Higher priced tiers can go up to $999.99.
App developers earn an industry-standard 70 percent for the first $25,000 of an app’s sales, Microsoft said. After that, the developer takes in 80 percent.
With the release of Windows 8 in October, Microsoft is planning its first third-party app store for its flagship operating system. Microsoft already has an app store for its Windows Phone, but has not had one for third-party Windows OS apps. Previously, the only way to purchase such apps was through the developer or a third-party provider.
Microsoft launched its Windows Store beta in February.
The company is hoping to leverage its extensive network of developers to produce a large number of apps for the Windows Store — something that will be critical to Windows 8’s success. That’s especially the case with Windows RT tablets, which will run on ARM-based processors and won’t be backwards compatible with previous Windows apps.