On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a unified registration experience for both Windows Store and Windows Phone developers.

“As a result of these changes, Windows Store developers are now also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers are also Windows Store developers,” writes Todd Brix over on the Windows App Builder Blog.

Here’s what developers should expect with the unified registration experience, according to the Windows App Builder Blog:

· Registered Windows Store developers can now submit apps to the Windows Phone Store, using the same Microsoft account.
· Registered Windows Phone developers can now submit apps to the Windows Store at no additional cost, using the same Microsoft account.
· New developers can register and existing developers can renew their account using the same Microsoft account. Developers will enter registration information just once, and pay a single lower price of $19 for an Individual and $99 for a Company account, providing access to publish apps for both Windows and Windows Phone users.
· Developers already registered with both Windows Store and Windows Phone using the same Microsoft account will receive a code via email this month, valid for a free one-year renewal when their existing registration is up for renewal.
· Students continue to be supported through the DreamSpark program.

Also announced Wednesday, Microsoft has partnered with Nokia via the DVLUP community to give developers an easy way to learn more and complete challenges as they develop for both the Windows Store and Windows Phone.

Along the way, you’ll earn points that can then be redeemed for great prizes (for example, Nokia Lumia phones and more). DVLUP is currently open to developers in more than 20 countries.

For the rest of the story, head on over to the Windows App Builder Blog.

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Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog