It’s the case of the missing money. Or, less dumb, it’s a case of nobody knowing what’s going on. Several Windows Mobile developers have complained loudly that they’re owed monies by Microsoft. Microsoft is all, “Don’t worry about it, we’ll get it sorted out,” but then doesn’t, in fact, sort it.
The deal is that several developers are owed, or at least feel that they’re owed, money for applications they’ve sold on the Windows Marketplace of Mobile store. The store launched last October. (You don’t remember everyone dancing in the streets, celebrating its launch?) The rules are such that, once you’ve sold more than $200 worth of applications, calculated after Microsoft takes its cut, then Redmond sends you an electronic transfer payment. Nothing too fancy for a gigantic corporation like Microsoft.
Unless… Well, a number of developers have claimed that, despite crossing the dollar amount threshold, they still haven’t received payment. And yes, these developers have already read Microsoft’s explanation as to what’s going on, and they’re still asking questions. Mainly, “where’s my money? Food doesn’t grow on trees.” Oh, wait: it does. Imagine that.
To its credit, Microsoft does appear to be trying to rectify the issue, and is posting on the relevant message board that it’s looking into the situation, but “try” probably isn’t a word you want to hear when there’s money at stake.