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Microsoft Didn’t Pay Me For Nearly Half A Year Says Windows Phone Developer
Microsoft pays arrears of the Windows Phone Developer after the company complains on Twitter
The developer of Fhotoroom, a very popular photo editing application that’s available only on Windows Phone and Windows for PCs, complained on Twitter that Microsoft failed to pay the company over five months. Despite repeated requests, the revenue, which comes from in-app purchases, was not passed on by Microsoft.
According to the developer forums, payments are made every month. However, it is not clear how much money was owed.
We have tried to stay silent but the simple reason there is no #W10M app for #fhotoroom is because @Microsoft has not paid us for 5 months.
— Fhotoroom (@Fhotoroom) December 8, 2015
Speaking with Business Insider, the developer behind Fhotoroom said “[The aim was] not … to get out a story or attack Microsoft. I simply ran into a complete road block on solving a payment issue through normal [Microsoft] channels for 5 months. Public channels are unfortunately sometimes the only way for large companies like [Microsoft] to be able to see an internal process that is failing.”
Once he went public the “issue clearly got escalated very quickly,” he said. “S— happens but I believe this will only make [Microsoft] have better relations with devs.”
Senior Program Manager at Microsoft on the Windows Insider Program Team, Brandon LeBlanc also replied to the original tweet and submitted the message to those in charge at the Redmond-based tech giant, so the issue was quickly resolved after that.
Microsoft has been working hard to convince more developers to code for its new Windows platforms, which has traditionally lagged behind Apple and Google in terms of quality and quantity. Where Microsoft is trying so hard to get closer to the developer community, stories such as this certainly do not help the image.
“Just another day in the mobile battle field,” the developer said.