Anyone can unlock iOS and Android devices (for free) to install and run non-store apps. It’s a completely different market than that of WP8 and Win8/RT.
The mobile items on CodeCanyon for iOS and Android target two audiences: - developers - enthusiasts who want more out of their device
The only audience for WP8, Win8 and WinRT items is developers who are serious about developing applications for those platforms (due to the cost of entry and/or license nagging). From that standpoint, components make much more sense than bland, generic applications.
Windows 8 developer licenses are free, but they expire after 90 days. While they can be renewed, I don’t see that target audience being profitable for Envato (or any marketplace, for that matter). I see a components category working very well, but I think full apps, regardless how generic, would be a hard sale.
Metro apps cannot be side-loaded unless the Windows 8 device has a side-loading license. Only large organizations will have the side-loading license, essentially killing any non-store market for Windows 8 apps.
Similarly, WP8 apps acquired outside of the store can only run on “jail broken” WP8 devices, and the only way to “jail break” a WP8 device is to purchase a developer license. Once again, the market for out-of-store apps is extremely limited due to this requirement.
The only viable categories for Win8 and WP8 would be source code categories.
I’ve used Win8 in some capacity since the Developer Preview, and I like it. I run it on all my machines. Quick reasons:
- Built-in multi-monitor support, and it’s better than what any third party could provide.
- Faster boot time and all around performance increase.
- The Start screen is fantastic. People whine about it, but it is superior to the old Start menu. Organize the tiles to give you easy access to commonly launched applications, and use the Windows key to show the Start screen.
- Metro app snapping is fantastic for multi-monitor environments.
- Storage spaces
- Hyper-V lacks the client features you’d expect, but it’s a good virtualization solution if you don’t have $250 to drop on VMware Workstation.
Just follow good, industry standard practices and you’ll be fine. Comments are secondary and usually not a factor if an item is accepted or rejected.
Just for clarity’s sake, do you mean Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows 8?
I don’t see Metro apps being a category here at CodeCanyon unless its in code form. Microsoft is pretty strict on how those apps are obtained and installed. They do have a different deployment scheme for businesses that want to deploy in-house apps on Win8 devices, but to my knowledge, that is the only exception to the rule.