Monetizing Apps

Monetizing Apps

Monetization is one of the most important and confounding choices a developer has to make. I spend most of my day working with developers and organizations building commercial software. App monetization is one of those topics that seems to come up fairly regularly.

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Quick Search with IE9

Quick Search with IE9

One of my complaints with IE9 was that it lost the dedicated search control. Instead you enter everything right into the Address Bar. This isn’t an issue when you enter “African Elephant” but if you enter a single word (say “Elephant”) it needs to figure out if there is a valid destination (http://elephant is a valid URI format) before it decides to search for Elephant. If you’re on a large network, that can take some time.

Today I learned a new trick; CTRL-E. This drops you directly into the address bar with a “?” at the front. Enter anything, it will immediately execute a search.

Now I can find Elephants right away; which if you had a 10 year old in your house obsessed with Elephants wouldn’t seem as nearly as strange.