Microsoft has confirmed that the public release of Windows 8 Beta will come in February 2012, lining up nicely with previous reports of a late January or late February launch of the new OS.
While the Windows 8 Developer Beta has already seen more than three million downloads, the public beta is quite different and is expected to be much more similar to what will finally be released. Microsoft is likely to show off the OS at CES in January and hopefully the question of whether or not ARM-based tablets will feature the Windows “Desktop” experience will finally be answered.
Microsoft also revealed the details regarding the Windows Store for Windows 8, shedding light on some financial details for developers. Beginning in late February, developers will be able to submit apps starting at $1.49 and can charge as much as $999. Like other app stores. Microsoft will take 30 percent of the proceeds initially, though the company will reduce its cut to 20 percent if your app surpasses $25,000 in sales. Additionally, there is a 70 -30 split for in-app transactions, but only within Microsoft’s billing system. If you’d like to submit an app yourself, a developer account will cost $49. The store will launch with free apps and will also be the sole source for Metro-style apps, though developers and enterprises will be able to side-load as needed.
The Windows-maker also took the time to tout the differences of its app store compared to others, boasting its ability to test a trial version of an app, then pay for and install the full upgraded version from within, all without losing your saved games. Also, users can have Internet Explorer 10 recognize that the site has a companion app available for download by adding a single line of code to a webpage.
Source: The Verge