Windows Dev Center

Getting paid

Important  Beginning in May 2015, payout information for app sales in the Windows Store can be found in the Payout summary, visible from within the new unified Windows Dev Center dashboard. Only historical sales data from before May 2015 will be shown in the Financial summary of your Windows Store dashboard. Please access your payout info for May 2015 and later in the Payout summary. Soon, this will be where you'll access all of your historical info as well.
This topic describes the fees charged by the Windows Store, the prices you can charge, the different ways we categorize the money you've earned, and the sales threshold that must be met in order for us to pay you in a certain month.

Note  Before you can receive money from app sales in the Windows Store, you need to set up your payout account and fill out the necessary tax forms. (Money from apps listed in the Windows Phone Store is handled separately; you can set up a payout account and tax forms for those in your Windows Phone Dashboard.)

Store fee

When you sign up for your developer account, you accept the App Developer Agreement. This agreement explains the relationship between you and Microsoft as it pertains to selling apps in the Windows Store, including the Windows Store fee that Microsoft charges for every sale made.

When you sell apps through the Windows Store, we assess a Windows Store fee. In most cases, this fee is 30%. Fees are officially defined in the App Developer Agreement. Always review that document if you have any questions.

The Windows Store fee is applied to all app sales collected by the Windows Store, including in-app products.

Price tiers

The price tier sets the sales price in all the countries where you choose to distribute your app. You can offer your app for free, or you can pick a price that customers must pay to acquire your app. Price tiers start at .99 USD, with additional increments (1.29 USD, 1.49 USD, 1.99 USD, and so on). The increments between price tiers increase as the price gets higher.

Note  These price tiers also apply to any in-app products that you offer from within your app.

Each price tier has a corresponding value in each of the more than 60 currencies offered by the Store. We use these values to help you sell your apps at a comparable price point worldwide. However, due to changes in foreign exchange rates, the exact sales amount may vary slightly from one currency to another.

Keep in mind that the price tier you select may include sales or value-added tax that your customers must pay. Your app proceeds are based on the pretax amount (that is, the price tier minus any included taxes).

International sales

If you sell your app in multiple markets, we'll convert all app sales to your currency at the time we issue payment.

Payment categories

When viewing historical sales data before May 2015 in the Financial summary of your Windows Store dashboard, the money you earn falls into one of these categories:

  • Reserved—money that is currently held and not yet available for payment. Typically, this money comes from the most recent sales. On average, funds remain in this category for about 30 days.
  • Pending—money that has been held long enough to move out of the Reserved category, and will be scheduled for payment next month (if the payment threshold has been met).
  • Available—the amount that we're planning to send to your payout account this month.
  • Paid—the total amount that has been paid to you already.
Note  The categories shown in the new Payout summary are slightly different than the categories shown here. For more info, see "Current proceeds and payments" in Payout summary.

Payment threshold

To be eligible for payout, your proceeds must reach the applicable payment threshold. If the proceeds are less than the payment threshold, they will remain in the Reserved category until the threshold has been met. For more details, see the App Developer Agreement.

Note  If you close your developer account and request final payment of app proceeds due, the payment threshold will not need to be satisfied.

Tracking payments

The Windows Store includes financial reports with details about your transactions. For more info, see Tracking app sales.

Related topics

Payout summary
Setting up your payout account and tax forms
Monetization and business models
Tracking app sales



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