Developer program FAQ

Where can I sign up for a developer account?

You can register for your developer account and submit apps to the Windows Store if you live or operate a business in a country or region listed here. The Azure program is available to developers who live or operate a business in a country or region listed here.

How much does a developer account cost?

Individual accounts cost approximately $19 USD, and company accounts cost approximately $99 USD (the exact amounts may vary depending on your country or region). This is a one-time registration fee and no renewal is required.

What do I need in order to sign up for a developer account?

You’ll need to sign in with a Microsoft account that you want to associate with your developer account. If you don’t already have a Microsoft account, you can get one when you start the signup process. You’ll also need to pay for the account using a Visa/Mastercard, PayPal (in supported locations), or a promo code. Note that prepaid credit cards are not accepted.

What can I do once I have a developer account?

A developer account lets you submit apps and add-ins to Microsoft marketplaces, including the Windows Store, Office Store, Azure Marketplace, and more to come. Note that you’ll need to confirm your payout and tax info before you can charge money for products you publish. Additionally, you automatically become a member of the Dev Center Benefits program and have access to benefits that will help you plan, build and market your app.

What’s the difference between an individual and a company account?

Individual accounts are intended for a single developer working on their own. Company accounts are intended for organizations and businesses. Company accounts give you access to some additional app capabilities. We also require greater verification for company accounts after you register, to confirm that you’re authorized to set up the account for your company. This verification can take from a few days to a couple of weeks, and often includes a phone call to your company. Both types of accounts will allow you to submit apps, add-ins, and services. For more info, see Account types, locations, and fees.

Can I set up a Dev Center account that can be used by multiple people in my organization?

Yes. You’ll need to use a Microsoft account to set up the account. The person identified by this Microsoft account will be the account owner and will have full control over the account. After the account has been created, you can associate your Dev Center account with your organization’s Azure Active Directory, and then add users to the account with the appropriate roles and permissions.

After signing in, I see a message that my Microsoft account isn’t associated with a developer account, and I’m not able to continue. How can I complete the registration process?

You may see this message if your Microsoft account uses an email address with a school or company domain. If you see a prompt indicating that your email is used with more than one account, choose Personal account to continue. If you are still unable to complete the account process, you may need to create a new Microsoft account using an email address that is not associated with your organization, and use the new Microsoft account to register as a developer.

Why do I keep getting directed to the signup process when I already have a developer account?

First, check that you’re trying to sign in with the Microsoft account that is associated with your developer account. If you are, you might see a prompt indicating that your email is used with more than one account; you’ll need to choose Personal account to continue. If you don’t see the prompt, and you’re sure you are using the right Microsoft account, please contact support.

Note: If your organization uses Azure Active Directory to allow multiple users to access a developer account, make sure that you’re trying to sign in using the email address that your organization used to grant you access to the account, rather than signing in with a Microsoft account. If you’re still having problems, contact your organization’s Azure AD administrator for assistance.

How can I get help with my Dev Center account?

Visit our support page for help with registration, account access, or other Dev Center issues.

Dev Center Benefits

How do I get access to Dev Center Benefits?

Developers that have registered with Windows Store have access to the Dev Center Benefits program. Sign into http://dev.windows.com/benefits to learn more about your benefits.

What benefits are included in the program?

There are a variety of benefits available to help you plan, build and market your app. A full list of benefits is on the Dev Center Benefits portal.

Why do some developers see different benefits than others?

By default, all members are eligible for a basic set of benefits. As your app grows in success you may be promoted to the next membership tier, which includes additional benefits.

Some benefits also require you to meet additional criteria, such as releasing or updating an app in the last six months. Each benefit’s details page will indicate the specific requirements.

I have questions about Dev Center Benefits – who can I talk to?

For questions about redeeming, using or qualifying for benefits, please email devcben@microsoft.com. Please note: this alias can only help with benefit-related questions, and can only provide support in English. For all other questions, visit one of the forums listed on our support page.

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