Two weeks left to grab $100 Microsoft cash for your Windows 8/Phone app

win8cashTo develop an app for Apple’s App Store, you have to fork over $99 a year to join its developer’s program.

Build an app for Android and there’s a one-time $25 fee to grab an Android developers account with Google.

But make an app for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, get it published and Microsoft will pay you $100.

That’s one way to get developers coding for your platform.

Microsoft started the program earlier this year that for every app you get qualified by Microsoft for the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 stores – up to a count of ten per store – Microsoft will give you a $100 virtual Visa card, up to a total of $2000.

Given that many apps would never come close to clearing that, it’s at least one way to get paid for that hobby app you’ve been beavering away on.

But you’ll need to get a move on – the promotion ends on June 30.

If you’re just thinking of starting, Microsoft currently gives away the latest versions of tools you need to build Windows 8 apps – but you’ll need to start with a PC or notebook running Windows 8. The tools don’t allow you to create Windows 8 apps from a Windows 7 system.

Microsoft has lots of help over at the Microsoft Developers Network, including tools and tutorials.

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