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Microsoft Outlines Improvements for Developers

June 15, 2012 1 Comment

The Windows Phone team has been pretty busy fixing and making changes to the app hub and developer related issues recently. Yesterday the team took tho their blog to outline some things they have changed and made easier from the developers.


Improved App Hub performance
In the past week, we’ve also made changes to improve the overall performance and stability of App Hub. This has made common actions like creating reports on your app’s performance faster and more reliable. I know some people, especially developers with large app portfolios, had experienced time-outs recently and that should no longer be the case.

Easy annual phone unlock
We recently addressed another pain point around unlocked phone renewals. Some of you, we know, received handsets at developer events that had been unlocked by someone else. This became a problem during account renewal because previously phones could be unlocked only by the App Hub account holder initially associated with it.

A new fix allows developers to register a phone to their account, even if it was originally unlocked by a different account. You can now simply run registration tool to unlock the phone.

Ad payouts for more markets
If you missed it, Microsoft Advertising also announced they’re expanding pubCenter to 17 new markets within the next few months (for a total of 36 markets), meaning app developers in more countries can get paid for advertising using Microsoft’s ad solution.  The new markets include: Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Wrap up
There is still more work to do. These changes do not address all of your feedback and concerns. I wanted you to know that we continue to look for ways to resolve or reduce the impact of issues and provide a better Marketplace experience. I’ll check back periodically with news and information, good or bad. In the meantime, please keep giving us feedback.

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