Prior to today, if you were a developer of Windows and Windows Phone apps, you had to pay an annual fee to keep your account active and to be able to submit apps to the various stores. Well, it looks like Microsoft has now decided to drop the annual charge.

If you login to your Dev Center account, you will see that your account no longer expires, which will likely make many fans happy. Charging developers to create products for your platform seems a bit backwards considering that a platform thrives by the quality of its apps; by removing the barriers to entry for developers, it will hopefully make it more appealing for them to join the platform.