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 … Continue reading What Does the Windows Store Merge Mean for Developers?

Microsoft DreamSpark

If you are a student and you don’t use DreamSpark, you’re missing out. Microsoft offers thousands of dollars worth of software packages for high school and university students – for FREE. There are two types of DreamSpark subscription: Standard and Premium. DreamSpark Standard is free for any and all students, and includes software like Visual Studio and SQL Server. DreamSpark Premium is only available to students in technical programs – Computer Science, Engineering, Graphic Design, Math, etc.  – and includes more software including Windows 8, OneNote, Microsoft Project, and Visual Studio Ultimate. A Premium subscription costs $400/year for the entire … Continue reading Microsoft DreamSpark