No In-App Purchases for Windows Phone 7.8 Users

In-app products accepted only for Windows Phone 8 software

By on August 7th, 2012 08:30 GMT

Microsoft has started to provide developers with info on the various options they have when it comes to monetizing the applications they have built for its upcoming mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8.

For that, the company has published a great deal of documentation on the Windows Phone Dev Center, so as to provide developers with all the info they need to easily submit new apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace or to update existing applications.

One of these options includes the availability of in-app purchases with the Windows Phone 8 software, which should enable developers to get more out of their mobile apps.

However, it appears that the capability will be restricted only to Windows Phone 8 apps, and that it won’t be available for Windows Phone 7.8 devices as well.

With Microsoft expected to manage in-app purchases through its Wallet Hub in Windows Phone 8, it does not come too much as a surprise that it is making the feature available only for this platform release.

However, the move also appears meant to confirm the fact that the Windows Phone 7.8 update won’t arrive with Wallet Hub either, The Verge notes.

Many of the features that Windows Phone 8 will have to offer to its users will make it into Windows Phone 7.8 as well, but there will be a wide range of them left out of the upgrade, and the Wallet Hub is one of them.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the feature relies on the NFC capabilities that Windows Phone 8 devices will land on shelves with, and that it will include support for contactless payments, deals, loyalty cards, in-app purchases.

“You can only add in-app products to Windows Phone 8 apps,” Microsoft notes several times on the aforementioned documentation, so things are pretty clear. Developers interested in learning more on how they can make use of the capability in their software should head over to the Windows Phone Dev Center.

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