Microsoft has now confirmed that it will only charge Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 app developers a one time fee from now on to subscribe to the Windows Dev Center, as well as confirming a new Dev Center Benefits program.
We reported earlier this morning that Microsoft had decided to ditch its yearly renewal fee for Dev Center subscribers, and today the company confirmed this change, saying, "Each of our 600,000+ registered developers will no longer need to pay any additional fees to maintain their account. It's also a very good time for developers new to the platform to get a Dev Center account and start submitting apps."
At the same time, Microsoft formally introduced its new Dev Center Benefits program, which actually launched quietly a couple of weeks ago. This new system has been made to give Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 app developers more help in developing, marketing and launching their apps.
There are three different tiers to this program:
- 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.
Both of these changes should help developers not only launch their apps on Microsoft's storefronts but could help them make money from their creations. What do you think of these changes and additions?