Renewing your developer account
When your Windows Store developer account subscription is close to its expiration date, it must be renewed to keep your account active. Here's how renewal works and what happens to your apps if you choose to let your account expire.
By default, most accounts will be set up to automatically be renewed when they expire. You will receive an email notification ahead of time at the email address associated with your account letting you know that the subscription will be renewed. We'll charge the subscription fee to the same credit card you used when initially signing up. If the credit card has expired or is no longer valid, we will email you telling you that you need to provide a new credit card.
If you opted out of automatic renewal, you will receive emails telling you that your subscription will expire soon. You can manually renew the subscription in the Dashboard, or change your settings to automatically renew. You can also choose not to renew your subscription.
If you do not renew your developer account, you'll want to understand what happens to any app you have listed in the Windows Store.
Your app's current customers will still be able to use the app, and can even install it again if they choose to. However, they will not be able to make in-app purchases.
Even though the app is still available to customers who have previously acquired it, your app listing will be removed from the Windows Store. No new customers will be able to acquire your app. Your app's name will also be released for potential use by another developer.
If you have a balance due from previous app sales, you will be paid for that balance even if the amount due does not meet the usual payment threshold.
Note If you renew a subscription that you have previously let expire, you will need to reserve your app names again and submit new app packages in order for your apps to become available in the Windows Store again.