Everything you need to know about the new Dev Center Insider Program and HoloLens apps

In addition to updating the Dev Center to help Windows app developers earn more money and publish their apps a little easier, Microsoft has also launched a brand new Dev Center Insider Program as well as several new features that really take Windows apps to the next level.

Here’s everything you need to know:

  • The Dev Center Insider Program is designed to let a select group of developers test and give feedback on newer Dev Center features before they’re rolled out to the larger public.
  • The regular Dev Center now has its own messaging service which is used to send notifications, alerts, and suggestions to developers.
  • Developers will receive an invitation to join the Dev Center Insider Program in the current Dev Center via the new messaging service. Developers can opt in or out at any time.
  • A new App Developer Agreement is being sent out this week which will be used to cover terms and conditions for all of the new features that are being launched after Build.
  • There is a new IARC age rating process which has required changing of the Windows Store Policies.
  • Select developers have been developing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for HoloLens for a while now but the Dev Center has now updated with an option to publish directly to the HoloLens platform.
  • After formally announcing that UWP apps were coming to the Xbox One before the end of 2016, it has been confirmed that an option to publish these apps directly to the console from within Dev Center will be added as soon as that feature rolls out.
  • Developers that are part of the [email protected] and are designing their Xbox One video games in the UWP code will be able to publish to the Xbox One through the Dev Center also.

All of this news was unveiled during Build 2016, Microsoft’s special conference for developers. We’re actually there covering it live this year, so make sure to check out all of our other comprehensive coverage here and check back daily for more news.

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