Microsoft has unified developer registration for Windows and Windows Phone

Earlier today, a rumor popped up that said Microsoft would unify their Windows Phone and Windows developer accounts and it looks like the rumor was accurate.

Microsoft has penned a post on its Windows App Builder blog that states that they will unify the registration experience for both the Windows Store and Windows Phone develops. By doing this, it will result in a lower cost for the developers and allows Windows Store developers to be Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers to be Windows Store developers.

Microsoft says you can expect the following with the unified registration process:

  • Registered Windows Store developers can now submit apps to the Windows Phone Store, 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.

This is one of those moves that make you wonder why this was not done from the on-set of these two ecosystems but whatever that reason may be, Microsoft has now unified the process. Clearly, this is a great move for developers as they now have access to both platforms at a lower cost that should make the Windows ecosystem more attractive for new developers.

The unification process is live today, and accounts now cost $99 for corporations and $19 for individuals, while students can register for free.

Source: Microsoft

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nice. "valid for a free one-year renewal when their existing registration is up for renewal." another great way to get this paid for is to sign up with Nokia's DVLUP program. lots of free stuff there including "Windows Phone Dev Center Token"

Xenosion said,
I'm not familiar with Apple/Macs at all. Do Apple PCs have access the Apple App Store (or whatever they call it)?

It's the Mac App Store. It has been around for about 3.5 years and last I checked only had about 13,000 apps.

Xenosion said,
I'm just wondering if Microsoft is passing Apple up with unifying their stores and it seems they just might be.

Yeah, it's $99/year to register for the Mac Developer Program, and a separate $99/year to register for the iOS Developer Program.

Microsoft now charges only $19 to get access to both PC and mobile, and free to students as always.

rfirth said,

Yeah, it's $99/year to register for the Mac Developer Program, and a separate $99/year to register for the iOS Developer Program.

Microsoft now charges only $19 to get access to both PC and mobile, and free to students as always.


I mean even beyond the immediate cost of the programs. Unifying the two stores, not just developer accounts. That's Microsoft goal and apparently this is where Apple left off.

Xenosion said,

I mean even beyond the immediate cost of the programs. Unifying the two stores, not just developer accounts. That's Microsoft goal and apparently this is where Apple left off.

Apple keeps badmouthing the idea at every opportunity, so I don't think that's even something they will pursue unless forced (by lost profits, MS success).

rfirth said,

Apple keeps badmouthing the idea at every opportunity, so I don't think that's even something they will pursue unless forced (by lost profits, MS success).

Don't forget Apple have a history of badmouthing the features their competitors have and then suddenly implementing it and talking how it's the most revolutionary feature and all the fanboys rush out and start swooning over how Apple have invented the greatest thing ever.

mog0 said,
Don't forget Apple have a history of badmouthing the features their competitors have and then suddenly implementing it and talking how it's the most revolutionary feature and all the fanboys rush out and start swooning over how Apple have invented the greatest thing ever.

Zing! Couldn't have said it better than myself...

at the end of the day it has no impact on our personal lives, but if u followed the lawsuits they dished out, their responses to shoddy design, blatant disregard for consumer benefits due to their own issues with 3rd parties....

It just amazes me the cult following they have with most loyal consumers...

I haven't developed anything for WP yet, but I signed up for the dev account when it was £8 to celebrate the WP8 release, and they keep making good decisions to encourage devs. Sounds like I get a free 1 year renewal as well which is great!

Awesome!!! This is going to make things so much easier for app development. This is the start of something beautiful

j2006 said,
Awesome!!! This is going to make things so much easier for app development. This is the start of something beautiful

It most certainly is!