Microsoft is wooing developers to its Windows and Windows Phone developer programs with a new lifetime registration and membership program. Microsoft has a new option that allows individual programmers to sign up for just $19 for life, down from the $99 fee it used to cost just to write Windows Phone apps. It covers submissions for both Windows Store and Windows Phone Store applications and requires no annual fee, Microsoft said.
“This change is effective immediately,” the company announced this week. “Each of our 600,000+ registered developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to maintain their account.” Developers will fall into one of three categories based on their downloads, revenue, ratings and app experiences, including Explorer, the entry-level, expert, which comes with a publishing contract and ad offers, and master, which offers developer marketing, support and early SDK access.
Windows Phone still lags behind the number of apps available for both iOS and Android but we hope this encourages both budding and experienced developers to create new apps for Windows Phone and Windows.