There are many students in Macedonian Universities that have never heard about the DreamSpark program and its benefits. The number of students that know that Macedonia (and many other countries) is now supported by the Windows Phone Dev Center is even less. There are many Macedonian students that develop various apps on some of Microsoft’s platforms as part of their course projects, but they never bother to polish and make some money from their apps.
If you haven’t heard about DreamSpark before, you can check the FAQ here.
In this post, I will explain the process of getting a DreamSpark account (if your University is already part of the program) and how you can use your DreamSpark account to register for a free Windows Phone Dev Center subscription.
Microsoft Account (Live, Hotmail, Outlook etc.). If you do not have one, you can register here.
Registering a DreamSpark Account
Note: If you already have a DreamSpark account, you can skip this part.
To get a free student Windows Phone Dev Center subscription, you first need to have a verified DreamSpark account that is mapped to your Microsoft (Live) account.
To register on DreamSpark, click here.
You should be taken to a page that should look something like this (click on image for full size):
Fill the required fields and press ‘continue to verify’. If you are from Macedonia, choose the first entry in the list, Macedonia (FYROM). Currently there are two. This will take you to a page that should look something like this.
Now you need to verify your account. My university is already on DreamSpark so I can verify my account through my university. You can also use an ISIC Card or an Activation Code. When you are done, press Continue. If you made the same choice as I did above, you should be taken to a page that looks like this:
Enter your university address and click on ‘Verify’.
Mapping your Microsoft Account to your DreamSpark Account
The next step is to map your Microsoft account to your DreamSpark account. First go here and then press ‘map now’ as shown on the picture below.
Follow the instructions to map your account.
Joining Windows Phone Dev Center
To join the Windows Phone Dev Center, click here. You should be taken to a page that looks like this:
Click Join Now to continue.
On the next page, choose your Country and select ‘Individual or Student’. After your agree to the terms click Next. Then complete the contact form and press Next.
On the next step, choose ‘I’m a student’ and press next to verify.
Congratulations you’re done! You can now publish and sell Windows Phone apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
If the verification fails, you probably have not mapped your DreamSpark Account to your Microsoft Account. If you encounter any other problems, leave a comment below.