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  • Question

  • Hi,

    I do not have a dev account yet. But I want to publish an application that costs some dollars. Then, after publish I want to give the application for free a specified number of users, about 1000. How do I go about that, is there any support for this?

    thanks

    Friday, August 17, 2012 8:25 PM

Answers

  • Hi Henrik,

    At this time, you can only limit the availability of an app by submitting it as a beta. However, these eventually expire. Alternatively, you can adjust the visibility of your release by making it hidden. This will make it so the app is only visible via deep-link, which is generated using your app's product ID.


    Dev Center Help: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windowsphone/help --- Submit Support Request: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=256412

    • Marked as answer by Danny G. - MS Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:57 AM
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:57 AM

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  • Hi Henrik,

    At this time, you can only limit the availability of an app by submitting it as a beta. However, these eventually expire. Alternatively, you can adjust the visibility of your release by making it hidden. This will make it so the app is only visible via deep-link, which is generated using your app's product ID.


    Dev Center Help: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windowsphone/help --- Submit Support Request: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=256412

    • Marked as answer by Danny G. - MS Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:57 AM
    Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:57 AM
  • As a followup comment / ideas... 

    I'd like to see the Market Place offer a "discount" via a promotional code with an expiration date or number of users. That discount could be 100%. 

    A great usage example would be to do a presentation and offer audience a free or discounted copy using this code or even direct marketing with a coupon for the first 1000 customers. 

    Perhaps using the camera to take a picture of a bar code to link to a hidden deep link? etc...

    Wondering if he could also submit as a free app and resubmit as a paid app shortly afterwards.  Given that the XAP file is not changed, you would think that we could change pricing at any time or control distribution markets.

    I know many developers publish the exact same app as free and paid with a simple name change.  I would imagine you could publish and take the free version off the market after a certain number of downloads? 


    Ed

    Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:21 PM