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Will we be required to get a developer license?

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    Will we be required to get a developer license?


    I noticed that to write a Metro-style app in Microsoft's development kit I have to get a developer license. It was free, but when it expired after 1 month, the apps I had written were disabled -- even on my own computer. That seems a little disturbing to me. With this arrangement, Microsoft has the power to disable anything I develop retroactively. Is that true? If so, should I be worried? Is there another development platform for Metro apps that doesn't require a developer license from Microsoft?

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    After reading your post, I opened Visual Studio, and it prompted me to renew my license in a popup window. I am now renewed, for another month, up through 9/3/2012. Once Windows 8 is officially released, you'll be able to get a license for $49/yr.

    That said, I don't know why you're not prompted to renew. Did you opening Visual Studio? Let me know...

    Edit: Open Visual Studio (Express for Win 8 in my case). If you're not prompted to renew, open the Store menu at the top and try one of the submenus.
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    Skallal, Thanks for the info. Yes, it did prompt me to renew the license when I opened Blend and I was able to get that. But my concern was that the compiled app itself was disabled when the developer licence expired. Not only can I no longer write new apps, but presumably all the apps I have written in the past will be disabled if I do not maintain a license. I am more interested in developing for myself and my team, not for distributing outside my company, so I don't want to pay for a license if I don't need to.
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Will we be required to get a developer license?
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