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Windows Phone Dev Center App Submission Improvements

Windows Phone team sharing details about the latest improvements made to the Dev Center includes:

First up, Microsoft simplified the way to manage multiple XAP files for Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8.0 during app submission.

“W)e set out to streamline the experience, make it easier to keep track of which XAPs exist for your app, and to clearly identify which XAP you’re acting on when you make a change,” the team stated.

Multiple XAP management during Windows Phone app submission

“When you update an existing app, you’ll see that all of the XAPs for your app are already present in the submission. You can replace or delete one or more of the existing XAPs, add new ones, or leave them unchanged. Typically you’ll only want to add a new XAP when you’re either submitting a new app or adding support for a new platform version to an existing app. Be careful when you delete a XAP in a submission because it will be removed from your app and no longer available in Store after the submission is published. You can think of this table as showing all XAPs that will be available for your app when the submission is published.

After you’ve established the XAPs that you want for your app, you can select each XAP individually by clicking the button beside its name, and then add/edit the Store listing info for each language that the XAP supports,” explains dev team.

Second, Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS), can now be managed at an account level in Dev Center.

The new refreshed certificate management UI make it easier to see all of the certificates that you’ve uploaded, and to differentiate between them. It also lets you choose from those certificates when you submit a new app or update an existing app.

“Also, the updated certificate selection UI on the App info submission page now help you select the correct certificate,” the team added.

Windows Phone Dev Center: MPNS certificate management

Finally, after you create a submission for a new or existing app in Dev Center, that submission will remain until you submit or delete it. The new “review page” help you make changes to a submission on different days and from different browser windows and keep track of the changes.

The review page is organized into three sections:

  • “Submission: Displays the publish option chosen, along with errors and warnings if applicable.
  • App: Displays the changes made at the app level. By default, this section shows only the changes you made, but you can clear the Only show changes I made box to see the full summary.
  • XAPs: Displays a list of XAPs that will be published for your app,” informs Windows Phone dev team.

Here’s how the page looks if you choose to see the full summary of app-level information:

Windows Phone Dev Center: Review app submission

Windows Phone Dev Center: full summary of app-level information

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