Picking a Microsoft account
Learn how to select the right Microsoft account to use when you register for your developer account.
Note See Account types, locations, and fees for information about the different types of developer accounts.
- If you already have a developer account set up with Windows Phone
- If you have a Microsoft account, but you don't have an existing developer account
- If you don't have a Microsoft account
If you've already set up a developer account with Windows Phone, you'll probably want to use the same Microsoft account when setting up your account to submit Windows Store apps. If you do this, your developer account will allow you to submit apps to both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store, at no additional cost.
To add the ability to submit Windows Store apps to your existing developer account, sign in to the Windows Dev Center with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in to your account on the Windows Phone Dev Center.
After you complete the sign-up process, both accounts will be linked and they will both use the same publisher display name. When you change the account settings in one of the linked accounts, those changes will also appear in the other.
If you want to keep your developer account separate from your new developer account, you must sign in to the Windows Dev Center with a different Microsoft account than the one you use to sign in to the other developer account. (If you are already signed in with the first account, sign out and then sign back in with the other Microsoft account.)
Note If you do not use the same Microsoft account as you used for your other developer account, you'll need to use a different publisher display name for your new developer account. The two accounts will be treated as entirely separate accounts, with appropriate fees charged to each one. You can submit apps to both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store from either account (once you've gone through the steps to set everything up).
If you don't have a developer account yet, when you open the Dashboard, you'll be prompted to sign up for a developer account.
Note If you're already signed in to the Windows Dev Center, we will use the Microsoft account that you're already signed in with to set up your developer account. If that's not the Microsoft account that you want to use, you must sign out, then sign back in using the Microsoft account that you want to associate with your Windows Store developer account.
If you don't have a Microsoft account yet, you can create one when you open the Windows Dev Center to sign up for your developer account. The Microsoft account you create when you sign up will be the one that is associated with your new developer account.