Student Windows Phone developers unable to migrate to full account?

This is interesting, yet saddening, news for our student developers in the community. According to a statement from the Windows Phone Marketplace support team, student developers will have to close their DreamSpark accounts once their studies have finished, unpublish apps on the student account, open a paid developer account and re-submit apps due to no migration facilities being available.

The official statement:

"You'll have to wait until the App Hub account expires, then renew your Live ID with DreamSpark. App Hub gives you a 30 day grace period to renew, so don't worry about your published apps.

To re-verify as a student, go to www.dreamspark.com, sign in with your Live ID, click verify on the left-hand side of the screen (if there is a tick mark next to it, your subscription hasn't expired yet).

There is no way to change the account type. The only way to renew is with an active DreamSpark account. If that is not possible, you will have to create a paid account, unpublish the apps from the student account and submit them under the new one. The app IDs will be different as there is no way to migrate data."

Unfortunately the app IDs will be different due to the re-submission, which will mean every URL pointing to the app in the Marketplace will become broken unless Microsoft deploys a redirect. While I understand the stress and disappointment for the lack of migration tools available, I do believe students who have completed their studies should pay for an upgrade to a full developer account like everyone else. However, there has to be a migration service implemented that will move across apps and whatnot.

What are your takes on this? Sound off in the comments.

Thanks Philippfor the tip!


Reader comments

Student Windows Phone developers unable to migrate to full account?


thats unseemly and MS should be encoraging the development and initiative and letting it totally come to fruition and not chop if off at the knees thanks for your work giving us some good pr and oh things have changed pay up or buzz off! Not as one might say very kosher!

It's even worse than you say because there is no way to delete the student account so the old publisher name is lost forever:"We can cancel an account but we cannot delete it. The registration info stays in the system because of the vetting process and we cannot disassociate a live id from an account. Please note that if you try to register again with the same Company or publisher name then it will probably tell you during the registration process that that publisher or company name has already been taken. You can use a similar publisher name but the name must be at least one character different. If you want to change the publisher name then please create a new account and use a different windows live ID. "This is ridiculous and Microsoft should do something ASAP

This is outright unacceptable, and it harms Windows Phone users the most as they'd have to re-purchase an app to continue getting updates.I'm chasing this one with Microsoft directly, they need to solve this now.

I had to go through 3 dreamspark accounts because of how bugged out their registration site is.The first time I accidentally clicked individual instead of student and I wasn't able to go back. The next time I was using Chrome so when I went to check out, it told me I still had to buy it. The final time, I used IE and it barely (seemed to at least) finished.I really hope they clean up their experiences...

Damn that's lame. Still 4-5 month left before my Dreamspark account expires and I'm not sure if I wanna pay for the service if it's that messy.Damn that Post button, had the rewrite all this.......

UPDATE: For anyone who comes across this article, this issue has been resolved in the recent migration from App Hub to Windows Phone Dev Center. This was posted in the Dev Center forums:

Hello All,
As part of the new Windows Phone Dev Center, Individual and Student account types were combined into a single account type (Individual). With the recent update, Student status was migrated to a subscription type so you do not lose your student status. As a student, you will be able to renew your subscription as a student at no cost to you.
Sorry for the inconvenience and confusion.
In other words you keep the same account after graduating, and at your next renewal you simply have to pay the full subscription.

Thanks for the update. I was trying to find information on this. At leats I feel more comfortable making an app under my student account and not having to worry about closing accounts, etc...