If you write applications that live on one or more of the following Microsoft platforms:
…then you should get them Microsoft Platform Ready!
Microsoft Platform Ready is a program to help you bring your applications from the initial idea to working software that people buy by giving you what you need to get through three major phases:
By bringing your applications to Microsoft Platform Ready, you’re:
…and yes, it’s free!
You move your applications through these phases using Microsoft Platform Ready’s dashboard. For example, here’s a screenshot of my dashboard with an application running on Windows 7 highlighted. I’ve developed it, and it’s now ready to move to testing:
For applications that use more than one platform – say, the one below, a web app that uses both Azure and SQL Server 2008 R2 – you bring each platform through the phases. In this case, I’m ready to bring the Azure and SQL Server components to the testing phase:
Normally, bringing your application through Microsoft Platform Ready requires going through the “Test” phase, which involves downloading our test harness and then running your application through it. However, for the time leading up to October 1st, if you’ve already tested your applications using your own testing and QA processes and have made sure that they run on our platforms, you’ve done everything you need to get past the testing phase.
If you’ve got an application that you want logo certified and want customers to find – and you want to do it quickly – take advantage of this opportunity to “fast-track” your application through Microsoft Platform Ready.
Aside from an application, you need a Windows Live ID to sign up for Microsoft Platform Ready. Like the Microsoft Platform Ready program, Windows Live IDs are free.
It’s a good idea to have at least two separate Windows Live IDs:
The reason for this arrangement: at work, you can get moved to other projects or change jobs, requiring you to hand over access to services like MSDN and Platform Ready to other people. Having a separate job-related Live ID makes it simple to hand over that access without also handing over your personal stuff (and especially the bragging rights from your Xbox Live Gamerscore!).
This article also appears in Global Nerdy.