Microsoft has removed some friction from developing for the Windows Store (whether phone or Windows 8) by removing the requirement to pay an annual subscription:
As we continue to execute on the vision to integrate the Windows and Windows Phone developer experiences, we have taken another step by moving to a one-time lifelong Dev Center
…continue reading Lifetime registration as a Windows Store developer, now from £12
Microsoft’s Todd Brix has posted about misleading apps in Windows Store:
Every app store finds its own balance between app quality and choice, which in turn opens the door to people trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions. Our approach has long been to create and enforce strong but transparent policies to
…continue reading Microsoft’s broken Windows Store: an unconvincing official response and the wider questions
I am in New York for the launch of Windows 8. This morning was the general launch; the Surface RT launch is to follow this afternoon. Windows chief Steven Sinofsky introduced the event. I was intrigued by how dismissive he was about a key Windows 8 issue: the learning challenge it presents to new users.
…continue reading Windows 8 launches: key questions remain, but Surface shines
Hands on where possible is part of my technical journalism philosophy, so I have been trying out Windows 8 development for some time. After playing around with and adapting Microsoft’s blog reader sample I decided to take it further and try submitting it to the Windows 8 Store.
Today it was certified so you
…continue reading ITWriting app hits the Windows 8 store
Now that I have a lovely ITWriting.com App I thought I should check out whether it is ready to fly.
I therefore ran the App Certification Kit that installs with Visual Studio 2012.
The tool asks you to select an installed app and then exercises it. I saw my app open, though I did
…continue reading The Windows Runtime App Certification Kit: not too good detecting crashes and hangs
Microsoft’s newly published Certification Requirements for the forthcoming Windows 8 store includes some notable points. Here are a few that caught my eye.
2.3 Your app must not use tiles or notifications for ads
No complaints about that one.
3.2 Your app must not stop responding, end unexpectedly, or contain programming errors
Hmm, this could
…continue reading Not allowed in Windows 8 Metro: porn, ads in live tiles, bugs, or opt-out data collection
Microsoft’s Ted Dworkin, Partner Progam Manager, has posted details of how the forthcoming Windows Store will work. There is also detailed new information on MSDN. It is a key piece if you care about the next version of Windows, including details of how enterprises will be able to deploy apps as well as the terms
…continue reading Windows Store: Microsoft explains another piece of its new platform