Microsoft announced yesterday the new home for the Windows Phone Developers with the new look and feel with the App Hub, the developer portal. Initially it was the Silverlight portal which was now replaced with the HTML5 based portal, we hope Microsoft is concentrating on the rich user experience by migrating their existing portals to HTML5 based rich user experience. [more]
The Windows Phone Dev Center replaces App Hub and has everything you need to build, publish, and manage your apps. New features—many resulting directly from your feedback—are designed to save you time and help you profit more from your apps. The new portal has some of the new features which are not available with the existing App Hub are as follows.
- expanded market support,
- per country app pricing,
- Paypal support,
- enhanced reporting/analytics
- expanded beta
New Portal Look:
With this new portal we have the more flexible option to Submit the applications, which as well shows the steps and the optional and required steps that are much required to proceed with the deployment as shown below.
The Dashboard is very much enhanced with the new look and its easy for any developers to keep track of the complete setting with the 3 options provided Messages, MyMoney and Highlights as shown below.
One of the killer ehancement that Microsoft Windows Phone team has provided with this release is the Content that are available in one place. The new portal is integrated mostly with the MSDN, where we will get all the much required support articles right in this developer portal itself.
As per the Official Microsoft Windows Phone team, below are the key new features that are integrated with this release.
Fresh, new experience:
- A new name, an intuitive URL, and a brand-new user experience.
- A clean, new interface that provides quick access to your Dashboard, content, SDK tools, and common tasks such as app submission.
A homepage that keeps you up to date with the latest news and events in the Windows Phone community.
- Deep integration with MSDN, giving you direct access to the SDK library, forums, and code samples.
- Forum profiles and settings are shared with Windows 8, so your responses in either forum add to your points in the MSDN recognition system.
Expanded registration and payout:
- Developer registration is now supported in over 178 markets. You can submit paid apps in 115 of those markets, and you can publish your apps in over 191 countries/regions.
- Change account info such as name, address, phone, email, publisher name, and approver contact info in Dev Center.
- Submit digital tax forms for paid apps.
- Create a pubCenter account and ad units for your ad-funded apps right in Dev Center.
- Use PayPal for registration and payout in certain markets.
- Share account info and vetting status with Windows 8.
New app and in-app submission workflows:
- Manage and submit your in-app products from Dev Center.
- Submit apps using smart defaults, which allow you to publish apps in all countries/regions except the ones that have additional content requirements.
- View ratings and reviews for all locales.
- See quick stats for your apps and in-app products.
- Submit multiple XAPs if needed and target multiple resolutions.
- Customize pricing on a per-country/region basis.
- Support thousands of users for beta testing your app.
- Provide descriptions of your app in all supported languages.
- View your app downloads report by purchase type—Free, Paid, Trial, and Beta.
- See reporting for in-app products.
- Get currency exchange rate info for your payout report.
- SDK and API reference content.
- Design guidance.
- Tips and best practices for marketing and selling your app.
- Helpful guidance about the submission process, app certification, reporting, and much more.