Windows and Windows Phone developer accounts merged
2 Platforms + 2 Stores + 2 Markets = 1 Developer account
Exciting news today regarding your Windows and Windows Phone developer account benefits. As announced on the official Windows Blog, starting today, developers (and basically anyone interested) will be able to register (and renew) their account in a single place, with a single registration, and will have access to both the Windows and Windows Phone Dev Centers.
Exciting, right ? But, wait, there is more! The merging not only provides a unified registration experience for both Windows Store and Windows Phone developers, it is available at a lower cost of $19 for an Individual and $99 for a Company account.
With your developer account you can put your apps at the fingertips of millions of Windows 8 and Windows Phone users all over the world:
• Publish your apps in hundreds of countries/regions the Stores support.
• Make money from paid downloads, trials, in-app purchases, advertising, and subscriptions.
• Get detailed reports on the use and performance of your app.
Here's what will happen:
- Registered Windows Store developers can now submit apps to the Windows Phone Store at no additional cost, using the same Microsoft account.
- Registered Windows Phone developers can now submit apps to the Windows Store at no additional cost, using the same Microsoft account.
- New developers can register and existing developers can renew their account using the same Microsoft account. Developers will enter registration information just once and pay a single lower price of $19 for an Individual and $99 for a Company account, providing access to publish apps for both Windows and Windows Phone users.
- Developers already registered with both Windows Store and Windows Phone using the same Microsoft account will receive a code via email this month, valid for a free one-year renewal when their existing registration is up for renewal.
- Students continue to be supported through the DreamSpark program.
Publish your app for both Windows Store and Windows Phone and earn prizes
As an added incentive, you can now join the DVLUP community to give you an easy way to learn more and complete challenges as you develop for both the Windows Store and Windows Phone. Complete the challenges and earn points along the way, these point can then be redeemed for great prizes (for example, Nokia Lumia phones and more). DVLUP is currently open to developers in more than 20 countries.To participate, register for the DVLUP program and take advantage of the two new challenges available today:
- Publish a new app for Windows Phone or port an existing Windows Store app
- Bring your Windows Phone app to Windows 8.1
So, 2 Platforms, 2 Stores, 2 Markets and 1 Developer account and lower cost! What are you waiting for ?! Hop on board the Windows apps!
Happy coding :)