Microsoft Opens App Store to Developers

News Article - Wednesday, 12 September 2012 09:41

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

Microsoft has announced that it has opened the doors to developers for app submission ahead of the official release of Windows 8 on October 26th 2012. The company has also added 82 app submission markets so that devs from 120 markets can now make Windows Store apps.

The move "more than doubles” the support offered to developers and the software giant has announced even more "subscription program offerings that recognize and thank developers for their interest and commitment to Windows”.

This includes a free, one-year Windows Store developer account for all eligible MSDN subscribers, including Visual Studio, Test, Premium, Ultimate and BizSpark professionals. A list of all the supported markets can be found at the Dev Centre and Microsoft has said that it intends to continue expansion.

The company say that they have experienced "fantastic interest” from developers across the board, including individuals and service providers, which has led to an increase in "the number and diversity of apps” during the preview stage of Windows 8.

Developers who want to sign up to the program can go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Centre to join and all of the development tools are free the "SDK is ready” and there is plenty of supporting content in place for devs.

The move comes ahead of the launch of the Surface tablet, also due out in October and according to many industry insiders, devs will have to get a move on if Windows Store wants to compete with the likes of Apple and Android.

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