Feeds

Microsoft glues Windows 8, Windows Phone programming programs

One account lets you publish for both platforms, CHEAPER

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

In a step toward creating a single, unified app store for both desktop Windows and Windows Phone, Microsoft has announced that developers can now register for both stores simultaneously using the same account.

Beginning on Wednesday, registered Windows Store developers can also submit apps to the Windows Phone store using their existing accounts, and vice versa, and new users who sign up will be automatically enrolled for both stores.

The change also lowers the cost for developers somewhat. Previously, an individual Windows Store developer account cost $49 per year, while an individual Windows Phone account cost $19 per year. Company accounts cost $99 for each store.

Under the new pricing model, companies still pay $99 per account, but because each account now works with both stores, companies that build apps for both Windows and Windows Phone effectively now save 50 per cent.

Individuals, on the other hand, now get the whole shebang for $19 per year, a 61 per cent discount on what Windows Store developer accounts used to cost.

So what if you were already paid up and registered for both stores? No problem – Microsoft says you will receive a code via email this month that's good for a free one-year renewal when your existing registration period runs out.

The move comes as Microsoft is reportedly working to merge the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store into a single experience for developers and customers, something sources say could happen as early as the spring of 2014.

In a post to the Windows App Builder Blog on Wednesday, Microsoft app store GM Todd Brix indicated that the transition is already underway in Redmond.

"Over the last month, we've brought the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store together into a single marketing and operations team to deliver a better experience for developers, end users and partners," Brix wrote.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft would love to see more developers building software for both Windows and Windows Phone, too. Brix said that in addition to unifying its developer programs, Microsoft has also launched two new challenges via the Nokia DVLUP program that allow coders to earn points toward prizes when they port an app from Windows 8 to Windows Phone or publish a new app for both platforms. Both contests run through December 31, 2013. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION
Code jockeys: count up and grab your fabulous tablets
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.