Making Sense of Windows Store Developer Accounts

I found it rather annoying having to dig through pages of documentation regarding publication of Windows Store Apps just to figure out what kind of account I needed to create. So, here’s a quick table to see the comparison at an extremely basic level.

Individual Developer Company Developer Enterprise Developer OEM Developer
DreamSpark / Student Account Capable X
Submit Modern UI (aka Metro, aka Windows Store) Apps to the Windows Store X X X X
Submit Desktop Apps to the Windows Store X X X
Create Account with SSN (US only) X If registered as Individual
Create Account with EIN (US only) X If registered as Company X

One other thing to note is that Individual Accounts cannot use the following “app capabilities.”

Reference: Publishing your app to the Store

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