Unifying Developer Registration: Windows and Windows Phone

Unifying Developer Registration: Windows and Windows Phone

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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. Our focus remains to improve the way we help you reach new users and better monetize your apps, all while reducing friction and cost. Today we are making a set of changes that will simplify doing business with us.

I’m pleased to announce a unified registration experience for both Windows Store and Windows Phone developers, available at a lower cost. As a result of these changes, Windows Store developers are now also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers are also Windows Store developers. Welcome all!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 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.

You will continue to use the separate Windows Store and Windows Phone Dev Center Dashboards to submit and manage your apps. You can expect some differences in the steps you take to renew your account. The most notable for some of our Windows Phone developers is the addition of a credit card to validate all new account and renewals. You can read more about today’s changes on the Windows and Windows Phone Dev Centers.

Publish your app for both Windows Store and Windows Phone and earn prizes

With the holiday selling season approaching, this is an ideal time to tune-up and publish your apps for both Windows and Windows Phone to help increase your downloads and revenue. Last year holiday sales of paid apps grew 40% over baseline, and we expect an even more robust Holiday 2013 due to an even larger base of Windows and Windows Phone users with more ways to pay for apps.

As an added incentive, we’ve partnered with Nokia via 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. Along the way, you’ll earn points that 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 8, or port an existing Windows Store app
or
Bring your Windows Phone app to Windows 8.1

I’m hopeful that the steps we’ve taken will encourage you to publish your apps for both Windows and Windows Phone users around the world. I’ll share more in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

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  • I have accounts in both dev centers.  My phone account is still active but the Windows dev center has expired.  I do not see an option to combine these.  In fact all I see is a link to renew my Windows dev account and that is tied to my CC.  What should I do?

  • sadaki7
    0 Posts

    Hi, your company sent me the token to cover next year’s renewal fee for both Dev Centers in English in Nov.16.

    Then I have received the email today in Japanese. However, this email informed me about automatic renewal. Did not explain anything about how to use the token I had previously received. Please clarify the situation and explain how and when you are going to tell us how to use the token.

  • arivoir
    0 Posts

    Hi,

    I have both accounts and received the token, but I do not know what to do with it, the mail say nothing, this blog neither, and the subscription page says the account will be renewed in one month, but has no way to enter the token, what am I missing?

    Regards,

    Alvaro.

  • I have followed the steps and now I could successfully registered, Placed my app to Microsoft windows store. When I tried with an non-Microsoft account I mean that I shared an account with the fellow developer to submit the app developed me I found that was quite not good for me, now I did my own account. Thanks for sharing. Check my windows 8 phone apps development

    www.contus.com/windows-application-development.php

  • I have followed the steps and now I could successfully registered, Placed my app to Microsoft windows store. When I tried with an non-Microsoft account I mean that I shared an account with the fellow developer to submit the app developed me I found that was quite not good for me, now I did my own account. Thanks for sharing. Check my windows 8 phone apps development

    www.contus.com/mobile-application-development.php

  • how to register your windows device. having troubles help !

  • Also, I get a 500 Server Error when trying to use the "Bring you Windows Phone App to Windows 8.1" at the end there. I was very curious about how that might work, given that the UI controls and libraries are still completely different.

  • wjj
    0 Posts

    How to use the tokens??? Where to input?

  • I have received the code, but how to use it? No tips for that found.

  • I'm missing something here too. I already had existing separate accounts for WP8 and Win8 dev centers. I visited both account pages, but can't figure out how to use this shiny new token I got in my email. There's new links about the merge, but they all just seem to link in circles. Confused. Diptimya's instructions below didn't help because I already had the two accounts so I see different screens.

  • I think Im missing something here.. If you got a token to renew for next year, where on earth do you redeem it at?

  • rdejong
    0 Posts

    Yeah, great job guys. Well done. You just locked out half the world's developers.

    Guess what? There are plenty of countries outside of the US where people don't normally have credit cards.

  • brapp
    0 Posts

    I can't participate in the DVLUP program because my country is not supported.

  • @johnroby,

    If you are having problems with your account renewal, please submit a support ticket. Our support team can help fix problems with your account.

    Bernardo Zamora [Microsoft]

    Windows and Windows Phone Apps and Store

  • @smehaffie, yes, with your existing MSDN subscription you get one single token that enables access to both Dev Centers, and future renewals would be $19 for individual accounts.

    Bernardo Zamora [Microsoft]

    Windows and Windows Phone Apps and Store

  • I have just unified my Windows Phone Dev Center account with Windows Store Dev Center. Click here to see the steps. diptimayapatra.wordpress.com/.../unify-your-windows-phone-dev-center-account-to-windows-store-dev-center

  • So if I still have my free Windows account for MSDN subscription can I activate that and use the same account for both now.  Then when I renew it will be for the $19.00?

  • abm
    268 Posts

    Great news! Next step: Unified App Studio (apps.windowsstore.com/default.html) for Windows Store and Windows Phone:

    Related requests:

    wpdev.uservoice.com/.../4277348-windows-store-app-windows-phone-app-and-xbox-app

    social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../windows-phone-app-studio-support-for-windows-8-apps

    Thank you Windows Team.

  • pcolmer
    6 Posts

    This is fantastic news!

    I was going to ask what happens about renewal dates if you have accounts in both, but it looks like the Windows Store account becomes the "master" account: msdn.microsoft.com/.../jj206714(v=vs.105).aspx

    Next step: apps for both platforms in a single store :-) Go on, you know you can get those APIs unified!

  • Bernardo Zamora. Una duda como leches renuevo mi licencia, ni este articulo, ni en el que pones, ni siguiendo las instrucciones del email recordatorio (que por cierto, no se aproxima a la realidad una mierda). Porque me va a caducar y no puedo renovarla. Gracias.

    P.S.

    Perdona que te diga que es una chapuza como una casa.

  • Marauderz,

    For Windows Phone developers who want to set up a Windows Store account, make sure you click on the notification on your Windows Phone Dev Center Account summary page to configure your existing account to also publish Windows Store apps.  For more info see msdn.microsoft.com/.../jj206714(v=vs.105).aspx

    Bernardo Zamora [Microsoft]

    Windows and Windows Phone Apps and Store

  • @ToddBrix How DO we join for the other store if we already have one? I have a Windows Phone Store account, but when I try to sign for the Windows Store, it's still telling me to pay the full fee?

  • @Michael Hansen, errrr... doesn't the Express versions of Visual Studio count as an indie version, it is free and you can develop for all the platforms as well.

  • and please make an indie version of visual studio

    Thanks

    Michael

  • Great news Todd ,, great

    can you allso merge the xbox one indie dev store at some point in time

    Michael