No excuses developers: Microsoft extends $19 registration fee for Windows Phone Dev Center indefinitely

Back when Windows Phone launched, developers had to fork over $99 a year for access to the Dev Center (then it was called App Hub).  However, at the beginning of this summer, Microsoft slashed the price to just $19, or as they aptly put it “the cost of a pizza”. That special offer was to expire yesterday, but Microsoft’s Todd Brix has taken to Twitter to announce that the price is staying for the near future (he actually announced it yesterday, but we missed it).

That’s good news for aspiring devs, especially those in emerging markets, who have trouble raising the $100 to join the Windows Phone developer club. Combined with the recently announced App Studio Beta for web based creations, Microsoft is clearly trying to woo new developers to the ecosystem in an aggressive way.

Will it have an impact? It certainly can’t hurt and we’d rather have some new, talented developers jump on board than not. Reducing barriers to entry is always a good thing, so we welcome this news. Remember, pass the information on to any developers you know who may be considering coding for Windows Phone.

Head to the Dev Center to get started:

Source: Twitter (@toddbrix); Thanks, Cristhian, for the heads up!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.