It was just a few days ago that Google unveiled their idea to come out with a central market for Android developers to share their latest creations, and now Microsoft is hot on their tail. The istartedsomething blog noticed a few job postings that Microsoft made regarding something called Skymarket.
The details are sparse, but the launch of Skymarket will be done alongside that of Windows Mobile 7, which is currently slated for early 2009. The job descriptions, however, say that the marketplace will be available for developers as early as this fall. Whomever gets the position at Microsoft will have to draw up a “product offering, pricing, business model and policies that will make the Windows Mobile marketplace ‘the place to be’ for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows Mobile applications.“
One thing I can’t wait to see is how much of the cut Microsoft decides to take from developers for the sale of their applications. Steve Ballmer always kind of shrugged off Apple’s App Store because he thought developers wouldn’t want to give up 30% of their revenue to Apple. Well, as it turns out some developers are still able to make a good chunk of money since they are exposed to a lot more users than they would ordinarily be.
By the time 2009 comes to an end we will have three application stores/markets that will be heavily competing for users, and it will be interesting to see which of them comes out on top. Will it be Apple, Microsoft, or Google?