Devhammer's Den

Sep 13, 2012

Windows Store is Now Open to All!

Windows Store Open to Developers in 120 Markets

Here's the official word from the Windows Store blog:

Today’s an especially great day to be a developer. We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 82 more app submission markets! Now, developers from 120 markets can publish Windows Store apps. Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store, authored this post.


Read the full post for all the skinny. One other part that's worth quoting is good news for MSDN Subscribers:

All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. (Eligible subscriptions include Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark.)

Another example of the value of being an MSDN subscriber.

Your opportunity awaits...

So what does this mean for you? There's nothing standing between you and the millions of customers who will be downloading and buying apps from the Windows Store. All you need is an idea, and the willingness to bring it to fruition.

Want some support along the way? We've got you covered there. Just head over to Generation App, and register for the Windows 8 30 to Launch program, for a week-by-week syllabus of resources, articles, videos, and more. The program also includes (while they last) free phone support for technical questions or design review for your app.

So what are you waiting for? Go! Get started.


I'd be remiss if I didn't share some of the great efforts my teammates are offering to help, such as Dave Isbitski's Windows Store Game Development Series:

and Chris Bowen's 4-part series on creating a simple Windows 8 game with HTML and JavaScript, which shows how easy it is to reuse assets from games developed on other platforms (in this case the XNA sample game Catapult Wars) and combine them with helpful JavaScript libraries like Create.js to make game development on Windows 8 simple and straightforward.

Tags: Windows 8, Windows Store, Announcements, Generation App

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