There’s been some noise about how MS should waive the $99 Marketplace fee. OK, done. If you’re a developer and you sign up for Microsoft Platform Ready program (MPR) then you’ll get a $99 rebate after 2 applications are accepted into Marketplace. It looks like they’re still ironing out the details, but here’s the steps: they state

  1. Sign up at phone.microsoftplatformready.com
  2. Download the free developer tools
  3. Get tele-tech support from Microsoft experts to speed your time to market, join now for access
  4. Get $99 Marketplace Rebate. Rebate is valid for developers who publish 2+ apps into WP7 Marketplace, rebate will be sent within 4 weeks of publishing of second app. Limited time offer.

Developers win.

More is here from Doris Chen (Dev Evangelist) and MSDN’s ISV Blog and more on becoming MPR can be found here. Doris Chen notes that “The rebate details are still to be determined, but I wanted to you get ready so when the rebate detail is there, you can take advantage of it.” Get ready devs.

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