Access to data, stats, feedback, and financials regarding Windows apps and more all passes through the Windows developer portal. This website provides developers an out of date and frequently broken experience to see how their apps are doing. It might seem like this portal could serve as a place for developers to see what is possible when using Microsoft tooling and services.
However, the dev portal is not only frequently hobbled, but the interface changes frequently, is inconsistent, poorly performing , and confusing. A designer for the Windows developer experience said, “at Microsoft we are focused on future technology and breakthrough methods of getting work done. Which is why we are confused why there are any developers for Windows. We are trying our best to scare them off but they don’t go away.”
The team working on the developer portal have tried stopping data, breaking app uploads, leaving all number fields blank, just loading a blank page, and more. However these Windows developer types are so accustom to terrible experiences they weathered all of this with no issue. At this point the team in Redmond is going back to the drawing board to see how they once and for all drive away Windows developers.
I work as an engineer in Milwaukee. Currently I work on a few different UWP apps primarily Ink Calendar.