Dev Center continuously adds more new features and help developers monetize and promote their apps and games, alongwith streamline submissions or analyze app performance.
Begining August 29, developers can now submit their UWP apps for the Xbox One.
Keep note that submitting games is still not allowed for the Xbox One. However, to publish a UWP game on the Xbox, you’ll need to get involved with [email protected].
New dashboard redesign provides fast, easy access to the most frequently used actions and gives you quick access to the developer programs you are engaged with.
In additon, Mandatory updates allow adding code to your app to check for the presence of a mandatory update, and then whenever you submit an update, you can indicate in Dev Center that the update is mandatory.
Here’re the new Dev Center capabilities that further added this month:
- Reduce the risk of a new app release with gradual package rollout to let you offer a package update only to a percentage of your customers.
- Package flighting will also work for apps and games that target Xbox One.
- Windows Store submission API, allows you to update apps/games, add-ons (in-app purchases), and package flights through a REST API.
- Dev Center now includes a table with all the currencies and their prices.
- Simplified device family targeting is available on the packages page offering a tabular view of how how app package are offered to customers.
- Communicate optional and required hardware preferences
Simplify cross-device development with Store–managed consumables available for apps that target Windows 10, version 1607 or higher.
- Legal company name no longer has to be same as publisher display name used in the Store.
- Previously named Monetization Store Engagement and Monetization SDK, is now called ‘Microsoft Store Services SDK’.
- Devs now can create up to 500 promo codes per app or add-on every six months, and the offers codes can be used multiple times.
- Now create and manage multiple users with their permissions by setting up your Azure Active Directory, at no cost, directly in Dev Center dashboard.
- single registration for many developer programs including Windows, Azure and Office.
- Improvements in payout notifications via email.
- “add-on” is the new name for in-app product (IAP).
- Store now offers more options to view ratings and reviews.
- more intelligent auto-suggestions in the Store.
- bulk add-on update allows easy managing apps with a large number of add-ons.
- Enhance your business analysis through improved reports: lifetime add-on acquisitions, an enhanced Feedback report and the new Real time report
UWP app allows you to view app analytics directly from Windows 10 PC, tablet or phone.
- customer segmentation and targeted notifications: with this feature, available to Dev Center Insiders only, you can create and schedule custom notifications to send to your app’s customers.
- Gradual package rollouts will allow developers to only release an update to a percentage of users. Assuming that there are no show-stoppers in the update, you’ll be able to increase that percentage as you see fit.
- There is also a new A/B testing UI, while we’re on the subject of distributing certain packages to certain users, explains Store dev team.
In other Xbox news, a tweet today revealed a new gamerscore leaderboard is also in the pipeline for Xbox One.
A tweet earlier in the day from Xbox exec Mike Ybarra:
shows in the top left a new drop down menu that allow Xbox One users to browse leaderboards from past months.
Aside, Microsoft had earlier this month launched the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which alongwith other enhancements also introduced a newly redesigned Windows Store.
Among other, there are now different sections within the Store sucha as Home, Apps, Games, Music and Movies & TV.
In addition, the Store homepage now feature a great section Today’s deals. Additonally, there’s also a Top free apps section, where you can download apps including Netflix, Dropbox and Adobe Photoshop Express.
To find the Store, select the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up the Start menu and then click the Store tile. Or, if you’ve pinned the Store to your taskbar, you can select it that way.