Friday, December 21, 2012

PreEmptive extends free access to Dotfuscator for WP7 plus new WP8/WinRT plans


PreEmptive Solutions is pleased to announce our extended support for Windows Phone and WinRT apps. The specifics are as follows:

Dotfuscator for Windows Phone 7: PreEmptive Solutions will be extending complimentary access to Dotfuscator for Windows Phone 7 through April, 2013. This means that existing users will continue to have access to world-class obfuscation for their WP7 apps; also, new users will continue to have complimentary access as well.

Dotfuscator Professional: Dotfuscator Professional currently supports obfuscation for Windows Phone 7 (WP7), Windows Phone 8 (WP8) and WinRT. The professional SKU will soon include the injection of application instrumentation for WP8 and WinRT as well (WP7 is already supported).  This professional SKU also supports all flavors and versions of the .NET Framework beyond mobile including Windows 8.

Announcement


Dotfuscator for Windows Phone and WinRT: This new version of Dotfuscator will be available in early 2013 and will support all modern surfaces including WP7, WP8 and WinRT apps. 

Special pricing: This WP/WinRT version of Dotfuscator, let’s call it Dotfuscator WW for now, will be offered in two ways; one for the individual hobbyist or “moonlighter” and another for development teams requiring higher levels of support and more flexible deployment options. In both cases, pricing will be set at a significantly lower price point as compared to our standard Professional SKU (due to the unique nature of this “consumer-focused” market as well as the limited functionality of the Dotfuscator WW SKU, e.g. it only operates on WinRT and Windows Phone apps).


Generally speaking, pricing will “net out” to $500 per developer per year. One thing that we believe hobbyists will appreciate is the option of subscribing for as short as a month at a time (at $50 per dev per month). This means that a hobbyist app developer can license Dotfuscator WW for just those months where obfuscation is required for release. If you release your app twice a year, that means you will be able to obfuscate your code for 2 X $50 or $100 per year – you will not have to pay the $500 per year annual fee (of course, if you need Dotfuscator for > 10 months per year, it will be cheaper to do the annual subscription). 

Conclusion


For those developers targeting Windows Phone 7 - you are all set through April 2013.

Look for Dotfuscator for WinRT and Windows Phone in 2013 that offers IP protection across all of Microsoft's modern surfaces priced to accommodate the "modern developer."

Can’t wait to protect your WP8 or WinRT code? Contact us at sales@preemptive.com and I’m sure we will be able to work something out.

FAQ:


Will my Dotfuscator for WP7 expire at the end of 2012?
No – it will expire on 4/30/2013.

If I am targeting WP7 and obfuscating with Dotfuscator WP7, will my app run on a WP8 phone?
Yes!

When will Dotfuscator for WP and WINRT be available?
We are not committing to a specific date at this time, but the date will be well before the expiry of Dotfuscator for WP7 – developers will have plenty of time to make the transition if they so desire.

Is there any support for Windows Phone 8 or WinRT today?
Yes, Dotfuscator Professional supports these and all other .NET flavors.  For pricing and availability, you can contact sales@preemptive.com.

Will there be a free version of Dotfuscator for Windows Phone after 4/30/2013?
Only Dotfuscator Community Edition (CE) included with Visual Studio will be free after 4/30/2013. Dotfuscator CE 2012 (the version embedded inside Visual Studio 2012) can obfuscate Windows Phone assemblies, but it cannot automatically consume XAP files and so there are additional steps required to make this work.  Dotfuscator CE 2012 cannot obfuscate WinRT apps at all.

What about instrumentation and exception monitoring?
There has been no complimentary access to PreEmptive’s Runtime Intelligence Service since Microsoft discontinued its funding for the Windows Phone development community. 

However, if a developer injects exception monitoring specifically (versus feature tracking) via Dotfuscator, developers can now take advantage of PreEmptive Analytics for TFS that is included as a part of Visual Studio and TFS 2012. 

If you don’t already use TFS, check with Microsoft as they have a number of very attractive campaigns to make TFS available at no cost to small development teams.  Of course, for a subscription fee, PreEmptive Solutions supports session, feature, user and exception monitoring and analytics across all .NET runtimes and devices as well as JavaScript, C++, Java and Android. 

For more information on PreEmptive Analytics, visit www.preemptive.com/pa

Will Dotfuscator for WinRT and Windows Phone be able to obfuscate or instrument other .NET applications? 
No. The full Dotfuscator Professional will be required.


What is the difference between a development team license and a hobbyist license?
The final details have not been published yet, but the distinction should be fairly intuitive; if you are developing an app on your own or even with a few buddies to see if you can make a mark in this new and exciting world of modern apps – and you’re doing this outside of your “day job” – you are most definitely a hobbyist – no matter how successful your work may be – and we hope it is wildly successful. 

If you’re building an app for your employer – then you’re going to require a development team option (and you’re going to want it too for your own requirements). We will of course be crystal clear on all of this as we officially release Dotfuscator WW and, as always, if you have any immediate questions on this, email sales@preemptive.com and someone will get back to you promptly.

2 comments:

T.G. Mutato said...

Great news for Windows Phone apps. Would be good to see this (and a similar pricing model) available for Windows 8 / Windows RT apps as well.

AppsRpeople2 said...

The upcoming release is for Windows Phone AND WinRT (as you write, Windows RT).