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As you read in Paul’s post from last week, The Windows Store is open for business. Is your app ready?, the Windows Store is ready for your apps. The first step to getting apps in the Windows Store is to get your Windows Store Developer Account up and running.
Quick Info on Windows Store Developer Accounts If you have an MSDN Subscription, DreamSpark account (for students registered in select, accredited, post-secondary educational institutions) or BizSpark account (for startups), you can sign up for free 1 year membership. Just go to your account dashboard and follow the instructions for getting your Windows Store membership activated. If you do not have any of those subscriptions, you can sign up for a 1 year membership today for only CAD $49.
Now that you’ve gone through the recommended resources (you did go through them, right? Trust me, it will make it easier for you down the road…), here’s what you need to know for registration:
Before your apps can go through certification, your account needs to be validated. Depending on the account type, there are several steps to be completed.
Both Company and Individual verification is done through a withdrawal on your credit card, which is then reverted directly. The transaction number or amount is used to verify your account. Go to the Dashboard > Subscription page to go through verification.
From the Store Dashboard, click on the “Profile” link to access your account information:
If you run into an issue with your developer registration, there are several support options available including community forums and the Windows Store Support Team, who are available via chat or email. More details here.
Let us know what you’re up to As you get up and running with the Windows Store and start working on your apps, let us know what you’re up to so that we can see if we can help! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for app ideas or want to elicit some feedback from fellow developers, start a new discussion in the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn and see where it goes.
A special thanks to a fellow Microsoftie, Katrien De Graeve, for putting most of this post together.