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Microsoft Allows Third-Party Storefronts On Its App Store Without Fees

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Microsoft (MSFT) allows Epic Games Inc, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN), and other firms to integrate their app stores into the technology giant’s marketplace, giving more options to third-party developers. The company said it would not take a cut from app developers’ revenue when the apps manage their own in-app payment systems.

“Microsoft is again leading the industry forward with Windows, now an open platform with an open store,” Epic Games Chief Executive Officer Tim Sweeney tweeted.

The move comes as developers have long criticized Apple’s commissions of between 15% and 30% on many App Store purchases, which some developers view as an opaque and unpredictable app-vetting process.

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(Read Original Story: Microsoft to allow Epic Games, Amazon storefronts on its app store in Reuters)


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