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I’m pleased to announce the immediate availability of the refreshed Windows Phone Store badge. The badge provides official branding assets to help you market your Windows Phone app, and help your customers find it.
The refreshed badge comes at an exciting time for Windows Phone: over the past month we’ve been moving to the new Windows Phone Store infrastructure; last week we added 13 new developer markets (bringing the supported developer country count to 191 countries!); BUILD is less than two weeks away; and the Windows Phone 8 release is coming up fast. And on the other side of campus, the Windows Store recently opened to developers and released the new Windows Store badge.
Based on your feedback, we’ve refreshed the badge to not only be more flexible for your app marketing efforts, but to also better embody Windows Phone design principles:
One Look: The first thing you’ll notice about the Windows Phone Store badge is its visual alignment with the Windows Store. Not only do the two stores share an icon, but the images have a similar look and feel, much as the platforms do.
Two Colors: The new badge is available in two colors to provide increased flexibility in your app marketing content: a standard black and white image, and one in a classic Windows Phone blue accent color.
Three Resolutions: We also are making the badge available in three sizes (125 x 40; 208 x 67; and 376 x 120) to give you the greatest flexibility in your print and online app marketing. Additionally, you can also resize the logo as needed, provided that the final image is at least 40 pixels high (0.56 inches or 14.11 mm).
Global Applicability: What you won’t see with the new Windows Phone Store badge is a multitude of localized Download Now images, for all the different markets where Windows Phone apps are available. Instead, the new badge has the clean and simple shopping bag icon customers see in the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store to indicate that your app is ready to purchase and download.
You can use the Windows Phone Store badge wherever you market your app, whether in print or online. Full usage guidelines are available on the Download Center along with the badges, but I want to highlight four general principles:
It’s worth digging in a bit on how to take full advantage of the Microsoft Redirection Service when you link to your app. Although MSDN has full documentation on properly formatting the deep link with your App GUID, some Windows Phone developers aren’t familiar with how to use it. When you link to your Windows Phone app, you want to use the following convention:
When you use this link format, the Redirection Service does a pretty nifty job of smartly routing customers to your app by doing two things for you. First, it routes customers to the proper Windows Phone Store region and language based on their machine and account settings. This way your app appears to them in a way that makes sense to them. And second, it presents the app to the customer in a way that is most actionable for their browsing experience.
Here are a couple of examples of how to use the deep link format, links that route to a couple of apps that are close to my heart:
You’ll notice that when you click either of these links, the WindowsPhone.com Redirection Service simply does the right thing for you as a customer and gets you to the right place. If you’re browsing this page right now from your phone, clicking either of the links delivers you directly to the Store’s phone experience, where you can click the Install button and jam on enriching your wpdev experience. If either of these apps were for sale, clicking the link would similarly land you on the page where you can immediately ‘buy’ or ‘try’ the app. Alternatively, if you are browsing this page from a device other than a Windows Phone, these links take you to the Windows Phone Store webpage that is relevant for you and your location, presenting the app’s appropriate regional listing and in your language (if the developer provides a localized listing). Gone are the days when all the links would route you over to the en-US listing. Now you go right where you want to be.
Soon we’ll be releasing additional assets online to help you better market your apps. These include a vector-based image of the download badge, a layered chassis image to help you build better mock-ups of your app experience on Windows Phone, and additional marketing guidance to help you effectively use these assets to market your app online and in print.
One note: The Download Center CDN is still in the process of updating; you may need to refresh the page a few times for the new badges to come up. This should be cleared up within the next hour.
I'm afraid that Xbox music is not coming for windows phone 7, and lots of features too :/ why is Microsoft turning to Micro$oft? we wnat skype integration, and IE10 on our phones, and a little otherstuff too, and you are leaving us behind :/
The only problem I have with these buttons are that it looks like it's the Windows Phone logo instead of the Store logo.
I would have preferred to see "Available in the Windows Phone Store". Similar to how the competitors have buttons for this. I hope you also put vector based digital AND print assets for marketing purposes.
@thaman04: I think you'll be happy with the upcoming refresh. What we'll do is provide a square image with the just the icon, and you can put the text you need next to it (follow the link for the Windows Store way of doing this) - we just need to formalize the guidance before we publish it on the WP properties.
And could you clarify 'vector based digital AND print assets'? If we provide an AI file, would that not work for both purposes?
@Cliff - Actually an AI or EPS would work great yes. But of course there we need to be digital (RGB colour) and print (CMYK colour) versions as well in AI or EPS in order it's meets Microsoft's brand colours.
If it's an AI, wouldn't you be able to specify the CMYK or RGB profile within Photoshop (or whatever you're using) to generate the image you'll be using? Or would you need something more?
Also, we plan on providing color profiles for use in the 'additional marketing guidance' we'll be providing in the next refresh.
@Cliff - you could, but it's more professional to have separate files available for digital and print marketing. That way it's less work for designers doing the ads AND less chance for making mistakes with the colour codes! :)
I also think it's important to have guidelines in place to ensure people are using the buttons/icons properly.
I like how you said you're making it flexible, but at the same time I think there should be additional pre-made buttons available (even if it's just in English) such as "Get it on the..." or "Available on the..", as the competitors have:
The only reason I say that is, it's important to make it easier for designers to use the assets while also ensuring at least some consistency of branding regardless of where it's used.
Thanks so much for listening to our feedback! It's nice when people actually listen. Can't wait for launch!!!
I have already seen these on a site and it took me a bit before I actually realised they were download links. The lack of words does make them international but that's no good if they are internationally confusing.
Really needs download from.... text (or equivalent).
Hey, I've read the Usage Policy which is provided in the download center and clearly states that the badge is a "button" and is only allowed to be used as a button with a link. www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx
What are we supposed to use in printed media? Which by obvious reasons cant be an actual clickable button...
I have the same question as oow: are there any promotional graphics we can use for printed material? After much searching, there doesn't appear to be anything available.