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Developer: Windows Phone Dev Center Now Accepting Multiple XAPs for the Same Application

January 16, 2013 1 Comment

Now there is finally an easier way for developers to jump on Windows Phone 8 apps but also maintain their Windows Phone 8 presence. The Windows Phone team announced today that developers can now submit multiple XAP files with the same GUIID.

 Windows Phone Team
To better serve your needs, the Windows Phone Dev Center now offers the ability to associate multiple XAPs with the same app GUID. This means that you can create, submit, and maintain different versions of your app for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8. One of the key advantages of multiple XAPs per app GUID is that you can associate different metadata, such as long description, with each XAP. For instance, if you have additional app functionality that is now only available with the Windows Phone 8 platform, you can highlight those in the Windows Phone 8 app long description and maintain the applicable metadata long description for the Windows Phone 7 XAP. Another advantage of multiple XAPs per app GUID is that, because they share the same GUID, you can distribute the XAPs once in the Dev Center to all of the markets you are targeting. And you don’t have to worry about your app showing up twice or end users finding the wrong version for their device. Our catalog detection will show your 7.x app to those with Windows Phone 7 devices and the 8.0 app to those with Windows Phone 8 devices.


You can learn how to take advantage of this new feature here.



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