What Does the Windows Store Merge Mean for Developers?

As you may have heard, Microsoft has recently moved to merge their app stores into one Windows App Store. This merge may not make much of a difference to end users, but what does it mean for developers?

What it DOES mean:

Cheaper, faster, easier! Now you only need one developer account on one single store to publish apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Before, developers had to pay $49/year for an 8 license, and $19/year for a phone store license. Now, you get access to both for just $19. Awesome, right?

What it does NOT mean:

As much as we wish we had a magic compiler to recode your apps in the appropriate format, this merge does not mean that your apps will work cross-platform – that is, you still have to develop two versions of an app if you want it to run on both your phone and your desktop/tablet. No big deal though, MSDN provides great tips on trans-platform development.

So techies, how do you feel about the store merge?

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