The Windows Phone Marketplace enables you to publish your application so that others can download and install it. You submit your application for publication through the App Hub, where it goes through a certification process to ensure that it meets the requirements. When the application is certified, marketplace pages are generated for display on the phone and in the Zune software.
Marketplace submission process
Before you can submit your application for publication, you must do the following:
- Purchase an App Hub subscription. For more information, see membership. An App Hub subscription is also required to test your application on an actual device.
- Create a final, release build of your application and test it thoroughly. For more information, see Deploying and Testing on a Physical Windows Phone Device.
- Create application images for display in the marketplace, as described in the next section.
- Select a category and subcategory. For more information, see the category lists in the FAQ.
- Select an application price. Your application can be free or you can charge anywhere from $0.99 to $499.99, of which you get 70%. For more information, see the pricing FAQ. You can also offer a free trial version with the option to buy later. For more information, see Creating Trial Applications for Windows Phone.
- Define the following metadata for your application: unique name, display title, version number, detailed description, keywords, website and license URLs, and support email address. For more information, see the App Hub Application Submission Walkthrough.
When you have completed these tasks, you can submit your application, images, and metadata using the App Hub submission page. If you have gathered all the requirements, the submission process should not take long. However, you are not required to complete the process in a single session; App Hub will save your place after each step.
If your application does not meet the certification requirements, you will be emailed a report of the issues discovered so that you can fix the problems and resubmit. If it passes the test, it will be published automatically if you chose that option in the last step of the submission process. Alternately, you can publish it from your app list at a time of your choosing.
You can track the downloads of your application on your reports page. For more information, see the reporting FAQ. If you charge for your application, you will receive monthly payouts as long as you have met a $200 payout threshold. For more information, see the payout FAQ.