For our developers our there, you may have noticed the Microsoft AppHub was down today for some maintenance which included the addition of "new features".
The Hub came back up in the last hour and devs seem to be impressed with the changes:
- Updated layout
- New crash reports
- Export of download/purchase details
- Private beta Marketplace
The last one is pretty huge as it allows devs to privately distribute their app to select users, without them having to "sideload" the app. In short, that means devs can expand their testing pool to beyond those with developer unlocked devices, as well as "manage" the software including pushing updates. It should be a powerful tool the community and developers to get better apps to the Marketplace for final release.
Update: Another new feature for devs is "edit application details". From Manan at Techi-buzz:
Oh and yes, developers in Hungary and presumably numerous other countries can now register too. (@vbandi)
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