All posts by Vikram Bodavula

Monetizing your app: Set your COPPA settings for your app

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits operators of commercial websites and online services (including mobile apps) from targeting children below the age of 13 using targeted ads. The Dev Center provides an option for an app developer to specify whether an app or ad unit is targeted to children.

We reminded our developer community back in 2015 to set their application COPPA settings, but several developers have not set their COPPA settings correctly. Doing so greatly affects the revenue that a developer can earn on apps that are not targeted to children under the age of 13.

If a developer selects the COPPA compliance option that his app is directed at children under 13, Microsoft will disable its behavioral advertising services when delivering advertising to the app. If a developer’s app is directed at children under the age of 13, he or she must select this option in “Monetize with ads” under the Monetization section in Dev Center for that specific application.

However, if your app does not target children under 13, then targeted ads are a great way to monetize, so make sure you select the right COPPA setting depending on your app’s content and target audience.

Note that developers may have other legal obligations under COPPA. You should review the FTC’s guidance and consult with your legal counsel regarding COPPA obligations.

Stay tuned for additional tips to increase ad monetization!

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Backup Health Monitor: A New Feature in Altaro VM Backup

Backup Health Monitor is a new feature in Altaro VM Backup which ensures you always have healthy backups by proactively monitoring the health of your backup storage and repairing corrupt backups automatically.

Read the post here: Backup Health Monitor: A New Feature in Altaro VM Backup

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Save the date: Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 comes to Seattle on September 13th

We’re thrilled to announce that our third annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit is coming to Seattle on September 13th, 2017! Registration opens next month on dev.microsoftedge.com.

Microsoft Edge Web Summit is your one stop to see what’s next for the web on Windows. Join us for a jam-packed day of energetic technical sessions, where we’ll take a closer look at what’s new and what’s next for Microsoft Edge. We’ll dive deep into what’s new in EdgeHTML, the Chakra JavaScript engine, and the user experience of Microsoft Edge.

You’ll learn how to use exciting new web platform features like Service Worker, Web Authentication, and CSS Grid to build modern, performant experiences with native-like capabilities. And you’ll have an opportunity to try out next-generation experiences built with technologies like Progressive Web Apps, WebVR, and lots more.

Best of all, you’ll find great opportunities for networking during and after the event. You’ll make new friends and valuable connections with passionate developers from the Seattle web community and around the world. You’ll also get to know the team that builds Microsoft Edge, and make sure your voice is heard as we chart our course for future releases.

Representatives of our Quality team will be on hand to help debug issues with sites and chase down bugs in the platform, and experienced web performance experts will be standing by to squeeze that extra ounce of efficiency out of your code.

We’ll have lots more to share next month – in the meantime, mark your calendar now! We can’t wait to see you there!

Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

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Spotify for Windows 10 available now in the Windows Store

Spotify logo in blue and red

Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store.

We’re excited to announce that Spotify for Windows 10 is now available to download in the Windows Store*. We first announced our partnership with Spotify in early May and are thrilled to bring the Spotify app to Windows 10 and Windows 10 S customers following on the heels of the release of Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S last week. The Spotify app is available today in all 60 countries where Spotify is available and offers the same familiar experiences as the Win32 application**.

With Spotify on Windows 10, you can enjoy, discover and share millions of songs wherever and whenever you want. Make and share your own playlists, or let Spotify suggest something great for you. Listen for free or subscribe to Premium for higher quality listening and to take your music offline

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Browse the curated playlists section shown on the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Discover new music genres in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

Find out what music is trending by country in the Spotify app for Windows 10

We’re proud to partner with Spotify to make it easy for customers to enjoy music however and wherever they want. Get started with the Spotify app for Windows 10 by downloading it today from the Windows Store. You can also learn more about today’s exciting news over on the Spotify Blog.

*Available on Windows 10 PCs and tablets. To download this app, your PC or tablet must be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or greater. If you’re not sure which version of Windows your PC is running visit this link. To learn how to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update click here.

**The Spotify app for Windows 10 is available in the following markets, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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