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Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft really wants PWAs to populate its app store

Microsoft has had very little luck growing its own app store, at least outside of the Xbox games store. The first iteration for Windows 8 was a complete mess and while things have improved over the years, it still pales in comparison to other app stores, even with its compatibility layer to support win32 software. Its latest attempt seems to focus around the latest breed of web apps known as Progressive Web Apps, and it is trying to woo PWA developers to put their apps on the Microsoft Store instead of elsewhere.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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GOG Galaxy 2.0 app to allow buying games from other stores

GOG Galaxy 2.0 app to allow buying games from other stores

Apps and games stores are hot topics these days, with two of the biggest in the mobile world scrutinized for their alleged monopolies and unfair business practices. Although not as much in the spotlight, the PC gaming world also has its own Apple App Store in the form of Valve's Steam. Unsurprisingly, there is also a sort of anti-Steam in GOG's Galaxy 2.0 store which is now testing the ability to buy games from other platform's stores, starting with, to no one's shock, the Epic Games Store.

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Epic Games, Spotify form app fairness coalition against Apple, Google

Epic Games, Spotify form app fairness coalition against Apple, Google

Even while waiting for its day in court, Epic Games is taking its battle with Apple to another venue as well. As reported last month, Epic Games has formed a "Coalition for App Fairness" to fight against what it argues are anti-competitive practices prevalent in today's app stores. It has also finally got Spotify to formally commit to its campaign and has even gotten others to sign up as founding members. Unsurprisingly, that group is made up of app developers that have suffered from Apple's App Store policies in one way or another.

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Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Epic Games gives you $10 credit to take Rocket League for free

Right this minute, Rocket League is essentially free for download. It's been removed from the Steam games store, making it available exclusively in the Epic Games store. At the same time, Epic Games made the game free AND jammed a $10 credit in the mix.

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New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

New Apple App Store rules probably won’t please xCloud and Stadia

In recent weeks and months, Apple has been catching some heat for its App Store rules, particularly as they apply to gaming apps. Not only has Apple come under fire from Epic for the fact that it takes a 30% cut from each in-app purchase, but the company has also drawn criticism from Facebook and Microsoft, as its App Store policies have made it impossible to get their game streaming apps - Facebook Gaming and Project xCloud, respectively - on iOS devices. Today, Apple updated its App Store guidelines, and while the new rules cover a number of different apps, there are a few specifically for game streaming.

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App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

App Store subscription offer codes coming in iOS 14

It's probably no secret that Apple has a preference for recurring subscriptions as a business model rather than freemium with in-app purchases or even straight app buys. Not everyone, however, is a fan and some developers might still be on the fence, especially when it comes to managing that subscription system. Of course, Apple is only too happy to make developers' lives so much easier and will soon be providing them with an easy way to attract subscribers with promotion codes for free or discounted prices.

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Apple App Store prices, revenues adjusted for tax changes in some countries

Apple App Store prices, revenues adjusted for tax changes in some countries

These seem to be both uncertain yet also exciting times for app developers, especially on Apple's platforms. There are big changes happening, both from Apple's side as well as external forces, sometimes against Apple's wishes. Things are still in a state of flux, with some news potentially favoring developers while others might be to their disadvantage. This latest from Apple is of the latter kind, with the company announcing some changes in at least eight countries that could affect developers' overall profits.

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App store revenue cuts in Russia might be capped at 20%

App store revenue cuts in Russia might be capped at 20%

While the matter is still being debated in the US, both inside and outside of courts, Russia is already starting to take steps to cut down what has been an unwritten business practice when it comes to digital content distribution, especially in apps and games. A lawmaker has proposed reducing the amount that app store owners are able to take from sales and in-app purchases from the usual 30% down to 20% but adds one more requirement that Apple and Google might not be so keen on obliging.

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This is the excuse Apple gave Facebook for blocking its “App Store tax” warning

This is the excuse Apple gave Facebook for blocking its “App Store tax” warning

It would appear that Apple and Facebook's battle over in-app sales fees has escalated a bit this week. A Facebook representative spoke with the press on Thursday, suggesting that Apple "rejected its attempt to tell users" that Apple would be taking a 30% cut of fees in Facebook's latest online event feature. The event feature was, as Facebook puts it, made to allow creators to make money to "offset revenue lost" during this year's unprecedented global pandemic.

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Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

Microsoft supports to keep Unreal Engine in App Store, mum on lawsuit

They say adversity makes strange bedfellows and that seems to be what happened between Epic Games and Microsoft. The former has initiated a high-profile legal and publicity battle primarily with Apple (and also Google) over App Store business practices, particularly the 30% tax on in-app purchases and forcing in-app purchases in the first place. Apple, naturally bit back with a bit more teeth and Microsoft is voicing support for Epic Games but only in a very limited sense.

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#FreeFortnite Cup is an unsubtle jab at Apple

#FreeFortnite Cup is an unsubtle jab at Apple

No, Fortnite isn't going to be free for just one day since the game is free-to-play anyway. Epic Games is, instead, organizing what initially sounds like a celebration but is unambiguously its way of rallying sympathy and support in its fight against Apple. And, of course, it's offering up rewards, both in-game and real-world that will proudly display not only gamers' skills in the game but their disdain for Apple's App Store policies.

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