Microsoft starts new Windows app builder blog

As Microsoft gets closer to reaching the big 100,000 Windows 8 app milestone in the Windows Store, the company is making a new effort to help app developers who might be interested in making Modern UI app creations for their OS.

This week, Microsoft announced the launch of their official Windows App Builder Blog as part of their family of Windows blogs. The first blog post is co-written by Ted Dworkin, Microsoft's Director of Program Management for the Windows Store, along with the Group Program Manager for Windows, Ian LeGrow.

Microsoft previously had two blogs, one for Windows 8 app development and the other for Windows Store news and information. This new Windows App Builder Blog will replace both of those earlier sites. Dworkin and LeGrow state, "With the upcoming release of Windows 8.1 Preview, we’re combining both these blogs into one. This way, you can get all your Windows development in one place—and you can look forward to lots of details about the developer story for Windows 8.1."

The new blog will offer app developers some hints on how to make the best Windows 8 apps they can, along with help on how to go through the Windows Store submission process. The blog will also offer help on how to monetize apps and how to promote and market those app, such as the recent GasBuddy app.

We suspect that there will be a lot of entries on this blog next week, as Microsoft's BUILD 2013 conference gets underway in San Francisco.

Source: Microsoft | Image via GasBuddy

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And why do you say that? Are you a developer? I've developed for Android and WP (and seen a bit of iOS). iOS and WP are very easy to develop for (I find WP being a little easier), while Android is a chore.

mnl1121 said,
And why do you say that? Are you a developer? I've developed for Android and WP (and seen a bit of iOS). iOS and WP are very easy to develop for (I find WP being a little easier), while Android is a chore.

Android Studio fills in that void.

runningnak3d said,
You want to make money, right?

It is a very poor misconception that just because iOS and Android have millions more in their user bases that you will make more money going with them instead of WP.

The `````potential```` for more profit is much higher in Android and iOS, that is true, but the reality you need two things when releasing your app in such overpopulated app stores. One of them is obvious, you need a damn good app. The second is you need luck! There are far to many apps in the iOS and Android stores for your apps to even get noticed, even if they are good. With the WP store you have a much higher chance of your app being noticed, downloaded, and actually used.

TL:DR - iOS/Android higher potential profit due to larger user base, but lower chance your app will even get noticed. WP lower potential profit, much higher chance your app will get noticed.