This is one more step in right direction by Microsoft. Today, Microsoft has announced lifetime dev center registration. Any new developer will need to pay just once for a lifelong account to publish apps to both Windows and Windows Phone store. All existing developers are already upgraded to a lifelong account.
Lifetime Dev Center registration starts today
As we continue to execute on the vision to integrate the Windows and Windows Phone developer experiences, we have taken another step by moving to a one-time lifelong Dev Center registration fee.
Starting this week, Windows Dev Center requires only a one-time registration payment, which grants developers the ability to submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, with no annual renewal fee.
This change is effective immediately. Each of our 600,000+ registered developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to maintain their account. It’s also a very good time for developers new to the platform to get a Dev Center account and start submitting apps.
Microsoft has also announced dev center benefits program.
There are three offer packages in the program, tailored by experience level:
- Explorer, gets you started quickly with design and architecture guidance and consulting help from a Microsoft expert, Gift Cards, and Dev Center registration fee.
- Expert, helps you reach more users faster with advertising offers, a publishing contract, and more.
- Master, unlocks VIP access to developer marketing and support, SDK early access and more.
Developers move from Explorer to Expert, then to Master as your apps get more downloads, higher revenue, better ratings, and improved app experiences. The offers help your app in each of these areas.
Thanks Dan for the tip. Cheers!!