Hello, everyone! Before I dive into the specific content of my subject title, I’d like to (re)introduce myself to you. I’m Paul Laberge and I’m a Developer Advisor with Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform group. Those of you who have been following the Canadian Developer blog for a few years may recognize me from my posts a while back when I was covering Silverlight and other web and UI technologies from a Microsoft Partner angle. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to immerse myself in a few other roles at Microsoft Canada (most recently helping some big Canadian brand customers build Windows Phone 7 apps), but now I’m in a new role again, working with the awesome Canadian evangelism team that you know and love. It’s great to be officially working with the great folks on this team as I’ve enjoyed working with them in the past.
It’s also great to be blogging again – you’ll see me being active on our blogs going forward. My focus will be on Windows Phone and our mobility strategy so if you have questions about our mobile platform feel free to contact me on Twitter or via Microsoft Canada’s community connection blogs.
Alright, time to get to the good stuff!
This past Monday (July 18, 2011), the App Hub was offline for the better part of the day for planned maintenance and upgrades. These upgrades provide some significant new features and functionality that will benefit you as a Windows Phone 7 developer. This post summarizes some of the more pertinent info, but if you want the full, detailed story, you can check out the official Windows Phone Developer Blog post by Todd Brix here.
What’s New in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
With the introduction to the new Marketplace functionality on the App Hub, we have updated a number of documents that you may have seen there as well in the past. The list below provides links to some of the more pertinent updated documentation that you may want to review:
UPDATE: Added some clarity around what support for Canada for Microsoft Advertising pubCenter in-app ads really means.
When you say "Microsoft Advertising pubCentre will be supported in 18 countries, including Canada" does that mean that Canadians (and others) putting ads in their apps will be able to get paid?
That wasn't specifically disclosed but that said, it's an important question and I've asked the Marketplace team for clarification. If they provide me with information I will post it as a follow up comment.
Update on Guy Gervais' Question:
I followed up internally to find the answer to your question about what "availability of the Microsoft Advertising pubCentre in Canada" really means and I have found one for you.
Basically, as a registered App Hub WP7 developer from Canada, you will NOT be required to submit a US Tax Registration Number or W8 form to collect revenue from in-app ads from the MS Ad pubCenter. This is great news at it opens a great new revenue stream without the current pain of collecting the funds you get from this.
I hope this makes your day! :)
That's great news. The current problem was not only the hassle of getting an ITIN number and the associated paperwork, but that a US-based non-PO box address was also required to get paid. Basically, if you weren't in the US, you couldn't get paid at all.