In a blog post Microsoft confirmed rumours that they will be unifying the developer registration and fees for the Windows phone and Windows 8 store.
Announced by Todd Brix, the General Manager of the Windows Apps and Store, he noted that now Windows Store developers were also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers were also Windows Store developers.
The changes mean:
- 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.
The move signals another long-rumoured development – that Windows Phone apps will be able to run on Windows 8 without any significant coding changes, and that Windows Phone and Windows 8 will eventually merge.
If this was to happen it will certainly be some years away, but I am sure by that time Windows developers will be pretty familiar with either platform.
Read more at Microsoft here.