Microsoft’s Dev Center Tips #6 covers app confidentiality and purchasing, wraps up the series

We’ve been following the Dev Center Tips series since they released the introduction post earlier this month. Two weeks later, the Windows App Team puts the finishing touches on a very informative blog series. The last installment of the Dev Center Tips wraps up what developers have already learned with only a couple of insights about app confidentiality.

  • Publishing the app as hidden to share the deep link or promo codes still has a chance of allowing customers to see it on the Store. For this reason, the Windows App Team suggests that developers keep their information confidential by using obscured descriptions, screenshots, and even icon. If this method isn’t confidential enough, consider using sideloading or Windows Store for Business instead.
  • For developers that want to sell their application, the options are even more limited to publishing the app as public or hidden to share the deep link. None of the other options mentioned in the series are able to support purchasing the app otherwise.

While the Windows Dev Center has changed significantly over the past few years, it has even more features planned for the upcoming future. Additions such as varying the speed at which updates are rolled out and allowing customers to opt-in to beta versions of an application easily.

The Windows App team began the Dev Center Tips series with the goal of informing and inspiring developers to be aware of their publishing options. The blogs have covered nearly everything a developer could wonder when it comes to publishing or sharing their application with others.

Did you miss any of the Dev Center Tips? Read the entire series here:

Publishing to Windows Store: Introducing the Windows Dev Center Tips series
Publish or update a public app (Dev Center Tip #1)
Package flighting (Dev Center Tip #2)
Third-party and legacy distribution options (Dev Center Tip #3)
Sideloading and enterprise distribution (Dev Center Tip #4)
Publishing hidden apps (Dev Center Tip #5)

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