Windows Phone 8.1 announcement: what does it mean for developers?

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Windows Phone 8.1 announcement: what does it mean for developers?

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Following the announcement of Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update and improved platform commonality that enables developers to target phones, tablets and PCs with a single universal Windows application, Microsoft is giving developers the tools they need to begin testing and submitting phone and universal Windows applications.

So what does this mean for developers?

  • Registered developers may now download the Developer Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1 to test applications.
  • Windows Phone DevCenter is being updated with several new features to improve monetization and developer opportunity, such as enabling developers to manage their universal Windows applications and link new or existing apps across the phone and PC app Stores.
  • Developers may now begin submitting updated or new universal Windows apps to Windows Store for publication. Register and download Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC, then begin testing new or updated apps with the emulator and Developer Preview OS. Then submit the apps to DevCenter, and take advantage of the new monetization options such as app linking.
  • There's also new Microsoft Microsoft Advertising SDK's and tools to help you earn more money with apps. There's new industry-standard rich media support and an updated pubCenter dashboard UI, optimised to help you easily track revenue. You can now also purchase ads via PubCenter to promote your apps in other apps using Microsoft Advertising ad controls.

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Developing for Windows Phone 8.1: Next Steps

  1. Download Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC
  2. New Dev Centre
  3. Register to learn from the experts
  4. Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 Jump Start

That's enough from us, here's what 3 Microsoft Student Partner developers who have already downloaded and played around with the preview think. Read James Croft, Jack Betts and David Easton's reviews.

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