Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft has now removed the yearly developer account charges. Microsoft now confirmed this change and this change is being rolled out as part of the new Dev Center lifetime registration and benefits program. 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. So, around 600,000 registered Windows developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to renew their account every year.
Apart from this, Microsoft has also announced Dev Center Benefits program which helps developers to develop, improve and market their apps with a variety of offers and tools. 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 will move up the level based on their app downloads. Microsoft also highlighted some of the improvements they have made for developers in relation to advertising.
Read about it in detail here.