I want to start writing apps for Windows Phone 8 and above. I went then to their website and wanted to register a developer account. But my options are to register as an Individual ($19) and as a Corporation (above $100). I don't want to spend any money on this. I just want to try it. Is there a way to get those IDs (Publisher GUID and App ID) without publishing my app in the store thus without spending any money?

Edit: I AM a student (in Bulgaria) but I use elementaryOS (Linux-based) as my OS, therefore I cannot install Visual Studio. Can @Thomas tell me the exact process of signing up for a free developer account?

  • I'd recommend just going through the Windows AppStudio signup process. It's pretty self-explanatory plus you can get started with app development pretty fast. – Thomas Dec 4 '14 at 12:12

There are a few ways to get a free developer account for the Windows (Phone) Store:

  • Or you can "be a student" if you get yourself a free .edu email account: blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-get-an-edu-email-address (obviously I wouldn't release anything to market using that technique) – jValdron Dec 2 '14 at 13:15
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    well there is really no need to fake being a student if the other legal ways are just as simple to go through - if not easier. – Thomas Dec 2 '14 at 13:17

If you use Visual Studio 2013 Express for Windows, then attempt to deploy the app to your phone, it should automatically take you through getting a license for free. Note that this will only work for deploying apps directly from your PC, not publishing them to the app store.

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