Microsoft have said that it will take a 30% cut of sales for apps published through the Windows 8 Store - the same percentage offered by Apple and Facebook - but that number will decrease to 20% once software makes over $25,000.
"We're going to give you a bigger bite of the apple," said Windows Web Services Vice president Antoine Leblond, also revealing that free app trials will be available. "The best advertisement for your app will be the app itself," he stated.
It's a generous move on Microsoft's part, one that they will hope will entice developers to pushing their material on the Windows Store, although Google's cut through the Chrome Web Store is only 5%.
A beta for the store will go live in February, offering games, ebooks, apps, and other software, and will utilise the Metro interface now burned into the retinas of each and every Xbox owner after yesterday's update. Prices for Windows Store games and apps will start at $1.49 and go up to $999.99. The service will also allow for free apps, time-limited and feature-limited trials, in-app purchases, in-app advertisements, and "third-party commerce".