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.
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.
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).
If you sell your app in multiple markets, we'll convert all app sales to your currency at the time we issue payment.
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.
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.
The Windows Store includes financial reports with details about your transactions. For more info, see Tracking app sales.
- Payout summary
- Setting up your payout account and tax forms
- Monetization and business models
- Tracking app sales