Registration for the store is free to MSDN subscribers, DreamSpark students, and BizSpark members. If you're not part of one of those groups, the registration fee is just $49 for individuals and $99 for companies.
So with the Windows Store opening to the majority of worldwide consumers very soon on October 26th, here are some of the key ways you would benefit from deploying your applications into the Windows Store
- An early chance to reach a worldwide customer base in an app store that could explode fast.
- The Windows Store will reach over 200 countries in more than 100 languages
- Apps using Microsoft to handle commerce for app sales and in-app purchases will get 80% revenue after sales reach $25k. (better than the common 70/30 split)
- App certification requirements are in plain language and there is a transparent approval process (I'm looking at you Apple)
- You still have the freedom to handle commerce on your terms – even if it means Microsoft doesn't get any percentage of your profits.
- A free personal app dashboard!
The Windows Dev Center provides a Dashboard that includes many ways to improve your apps by monitoring their success. View reports on downloads, revenue, aggregate usage, in-app transactions, customer ratings, market trends, and crash and hang data.
You can access reports and telemetry data that show failure-based and cause-centric data and that indicate how reliable your products are in the ﬁeld, including how often they crash or hang. You can also compare how well your app is doing in terms of sales, downloads, and usage compared to other similar apps (no personal or company information is revealed). These new reports are consistent and actionable so you can ﬁnd issues quickly and efﬁciently.
Finally here are some helpful resources to get you started on the app submission process and hopefully solve any issues you might have.