Microsoft has changed their policy on free app submissions in the Marketplace, changing the limit from 5 to 100. The announcement was made in a developer newsletter that went out today which reads:
During the past months we have been working hard to improve our overall Windows Phone Marketplace experience based on the feedback we received from you and our partners. We heard from many of you that you wanted a higher limit on the maximum number of free apps you could submit for free.
We’ve heard you and are pleased to announce that we‘ve increased that limit from 5 to 100.
If you’re having trouble submitting your free apps, please contact support.
ChevronWP7 developer Rafael Rivera mentioned that the limit was one of the topics brought up when meeting with Microsoft’s WP7 team. Rivera believes the change should improve the quality of apps. With the limit of 5, developers were forced to price apps at $0.99, when they would have been free. It should result in higher quality paid apps and more free apps.