Microsoft waives Windows Phone dev fee for students

For the next nine days, Microsoft is waiving the fee normally charged for Windows Phone Marketplace registrations in an effort to get UK students interested in developing for the platform.

While the development tools are already free, those wishing to publish their homebrew apps are usually expected to pay a fee to have them listed on the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s App Store or Google’s Android Market.

“We’re waiving the marketplace registration fee and giving you the ability to publish your first 100 application submissions for free,” explains Microsoft’s Ben Nunney.

In addition, Microsoft promises those who manage to publish their first apps before the deadline on the 30th of September free goodies from the cupboards of the Windows Phone team.

Full details, plus links for registration, are available on the MSDN Blog.

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