We just announced that the Windows Store is now open for individual developers. This means that now ALL developers, regardless of their status as indie dev, corporate coder, student or startup programmer, in any of the 120 supported countries, can register on the Windows Store and start submitting apps. Today’s announcement includes an additional 89 app submission markets, so if you’ve been waiting for your country to be available, check out the list and see if we’ve included you!

And the even better news for students is that you get that Store Membership for free through our DreamSpark program! The process is simple:

  • Head to DreamSpark.
  • Create an account if you haven’t already, or log in to your existing account.
  • Verify your student status if you haven’t done so already.
  • Navigate to the Windows 8 Development page (linked here if you want a shortcut).
  • Click on the Get Registration Code link (you’ll have another chance here to verify your student status if you haven’t done so already).
  • Click on the Get Code Now link.
  • Copy the code down somewhere nice and safe and then head to the Windows Store Developer Portal and register, entering the code at the appropriate spot and voila! You’re registered and ready to start submitting apps into the store!

If you want more details about this announcement or more details about the Windows Store, you can always check out the Windows Store Blog.

 

So - the dev tools are free through Dreamspark.com for students, the SDK is ready, and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification. Sign up now, reserve your app names, and we’d love to publish your app in the Store in time for general availability of Windows 8!