Microsoft releases unified Windows App Studio Beta
We've heard of the past successes of the Windows Phone App Studio, but today Microsoft is announcing an update. The number 1 question has apparently been; what about Windows apps? Folks asking that need worry no longer and say hello to the unified Windows App Studio.
The beta release is available for use from today – see the source link down below for more – and allows you the ability to create a universal project resulting in both Windows Phone and Windows apps in the same session. Pretty nifty.
Also of note:
You'll still be able to download your finished apps directly to your devices, as well as getting them in packaged and source code form if you should wish. And if you're wanting to publish your apps to the store, don't forget to register for a Developer account first. After the recent announcements at Build, this is good news to be hearing. Get to creatin'!
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By Jez Corden
So for developing apps as an single dev looking to enter development on my own terms, i need to pay ?
Another downside is, that you can only create a dev account if you have a credit card. For me this means I can't publish my app to the Store as I don't have a credit card :(
Anyone knows about this ? I should think that a free account is allowed, otherwise why would students etc develop for windows phone ? Can anyone clarify about the free account ?
Edit: someone down in the comments has posted that you can publish 5 apps for free.
Edit: it does exist ! Someone has posted down there that 5 apps are allowed to be published for free ! Go publish your app ! :)
As it stands, if you don't know how to tweak your created app afterwards in VS, you probably should wait until it comes out of Beta.
It is also a shame that you are limited by the number of pages you can create for your app in the app studio.
I just built an app and got it certified.
I'll repackage it and see what it's like on Windows 8.