Windows Store Open to All Developers!

Today’s an especially great day to be a developer. We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 82 more app submission markets! Now, developers from 120 markets can publish Windows Store apps. Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store, authored this post.

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Exciting news for students, indie devs, pro devs, startups and everyone in between! The Windows Store is now open to all developers. You can check out the full post here.

This is great news for developers and now is the time for you to take advantage of the biggest market opportunity ever. Here’s something that’s even better: students get their Store Membership for FREE through dreamspark.com!! 

(MSDN subscribers also get a free store membership. Eligible subscriptions include Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark.)

Here’s what to do:

  • 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!

The dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have a program to help you build your app and submit it in 30 days. Sign up now, reserve your app names and start developing—we look forward to seeing your app in the Store in time for the general availability of Windows 8!

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