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FIGURE 14-6 You're now enabled to publish free applications to the Windows Store.
From the Microsoft perspective, the fundamental difference between free and paid user
applications is that in the latter case, Microsoft needs to pay you when people buy your applications.
Consequently, before your app can be published to the store, Microsoft needs to make sure it knows
how to pay you later.
You must provide two separate blocks of information: bank details, so that money can be safely
wired to you, and tax information, to satisfy internal revenue service (IRS) reporting requirements.
The banking information may vary depending on the country you live in, but most of the time it
requires only an international bank code and an alphanumeric string (the IBAN string) that identifies
your account.
As far as taxes are concerned, you may need to fill out an electronic form, which is different for US
residents and non-US residents. The details of this step may vary from country to country, but for the
most part there should be no need to mail paper documents. Dealing with taxes and banks is usually
an annoying procedure, but in this case it doesn't take too long—and hopefully happens only once.
For more information, you can refer to the instructions at the following link: .
Steps required to publish an application
All Windows Store applications go into the same catalog; therefore, each application must have a
unique name.
Choosing a name for the application
Choosing a name is therefore an important step; if you have a very specific name in mind, then you
should plan to reserve it in advance. If the name you like is already taken, you have no other option
than to choose a different name!
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