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Microsoft lowers Windows Phone dev access fee to $8

The Windows Phone 8 SDK has finally released, and the Dev Center fee has been lowered from US$100 to US$8

It's taken an awful long time to see the light of day, but the Windows Phone 8 SDK is now available for developers to sink their teeth into.

(Credit: Microsoft)

In an effort to get mobile developers into its ecosystem, Microsoft is lowering its standard US$99 fee to US$8 to register as a Windows Phone developer and publish on the Windows Phone marketplace. The special will continue for the next eight days.

Developers taking advantage of the special will still be charged the regular US$99 fee, but will see a US$91 refund appear in the next 30 to 45 days.

The biggest change with Windows Phone 8 SDK is the ability to develop applications in C and C++. Redmond is promoting the ability to share code between its new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems, but it is not completely seemless, and there are still a number of gotchas to look out for.

Installing the new SDK will require a 64-bit version of Windows 8.

Windows Phone 8 was launched yesterday, leaving the SDK in the unique position of appearing after the announcement of the OS, itself. Previously. Microsoft had claimed that this delay was done in order to generate excitement for the platform, and only allowed a hand picked selection of existing Windows Phone developers to take part in its beta.

In a move reminiscent of the way internet browsers behave, Windows Phone 8 will have a quirks mode for applications that target Windows Phone 7.1 and 7.0.

After looking at the list of new features found in Windows Phone 8, it looks far more like an upgrade than a re-imagining of the platform. And given the low market share of Windows Phone, there's not much on offer that puts it ahead of what alternative platforms are offering.

What do you think? Could this release turn Windows Phone's fortunes around? Or is it just more of the same from Redmond? Will you be taking advantage of the $8 special?

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5 comments
steveb428
steveb428

Anyone receive their $91 refund yet ? Edit: Got it a couple of weeks ago

frylock
frylock

I don't understand why these SDKs are anything over $0. Why provide *any* barrier to entry for a dev when it's in your own best interest to get them to expand your ecosystem? Obviously $99 isn't much to a larger developer, but it might stop someone who wants to experiment with an idea. You never know where the good apps are going to come from.

Rexxrally
Rexxrally

I've been sitting on the fence, wondering if I should get into the MS Phone development or not (I mean, it looks cool and I do a lot of other MS development, but the numbers still aren't there to warrant me blowing $99 on an account). But $8? Heck, that's a couple of Starbucks. Even if it doesn't go anywhere in the end, I won't miss $8.

Skytechie
Skytechie

I've been a somewhat reluctant indie phone developer with apps and games ported for iPhone, Android and yes Windows Phone 7 as well as "Mango". I never think about starting a project solely based on launching it as a Windows Phone App. I almost always port it over to Windows Phone later in the lifecycle. This move I have to say by the Microsoft Phone powers that be has me considering changing my approach. It is awfully early in the Windows Phone 8 market and no where to go but up! It seems to me my risk is fairly low and easy enough to understand. I am heading right over now to take advantage of this opportunity. As a Developer/Business owner I would be remiss not to do so. Thanks for the headsup. This is why I am an avid reader of this column. All The Best Paul Adzara Mobile

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