We brought 9 students into TVP last month who had won the Top App Competition on Windows Phone last academic year. I just came across Danny Brown’s blog post about the event and thought you may be interested in reading about it!
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Come one come all - submissions to the Windows Store are now open to all developers! And guess what? For students, that access comes at no cost. Just like the Windows Phone Marketplace, you can submit free and paid for apps as a student without having to buy a developer registration, and get all the other benefits around in app purchasing and advertising right out of the box. Ok, so it doesn't come in a box. But you know what we mean.
On top of this 'big announcement' we’re also announcing a number of additional subscription program offerings that recognize and thank developers for their interest and commitment to Windows. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. (Eligible subscriptions include Visual Studio Professional, Test Professional, Premium, Ultimate, and BizSpark.). So even if you're getting ready to leave education and start your own business, or go work in the technology industry, you're covered.
Throughout the Windows Store preview stages, we’ve seen fantastic interest from individual developers, large development houses and component and service providers. And as we’ve opened up new markets for on boarding and expanded our invitations, we’ve seen a great increase in both the number and diversity of apps—all during our preview milestones, before broad availability of the OS and before even the first production Windows 8 PC is in the market. And the Windows 8 PCs are on the way, with many unveiled recently at IFA.
If you’ve already signed up—fantastic. We’re ready for your app. Haven’t signed up yet? Getting started is easy—just go to www.dreamspark.com and click the 'Register on the Windows Store' link. Keep using your DreamSpark credentials the whole way through and you'll be fine. You do need to provide debit or credit card details but rest assured - you won't be charged and once you've put them in you'll notice the balance due update to £0. Not got access to DreamSpark? Drop firstname.lastname@example.org an email and we can help.
The dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification. Sign up now, reserve your app names—we look forward to seeing your app in the Store in time for the general availability of Windows 8!
In case you think we make these up the photo on the left is of Chris and his app development partner Rob Hannay at the AEL in Microsoft HQ here in Reading. Chris is the one on the left.
Here we go then……
Fill in the survey before you go from the win8.msregistration.com website when you register this will give you a good idea of some/all of the things that they are going to test on the day.
· Does the app conform to “Windows 8 UI” design guidelines?
· If you do something that might not make sure you have a good reason why.
· This is something that they will test on the tablet, will the app play nice if people flow through it quickly.
· Will the touch keyboard cover up required controls?
· Will the app behave if terminated or suspended by the system.
· Return to how the user expects.
· Does the app have a “beautifully” braded tile?
· Is the branding consistent throughout the app?
· One liners might get through the AEL but may be rejected by the store certification.
· The app should pass the WACK. Mine didn’t but this was because of an error that I nor the tester could figure out on the day.
· If you are using the network then make sure you have a fallback plan for if the user has no network connection. Display a message, cache data… don’t let the app just crash.
· There are guidelines in the docs but make sure it’s not unreasonable for what the app is doing.
· Make sure you use the simulator to test your app at all resolutions/screen sizes they will test this, so make sure that the app works.
· If you can break it they can break it and you don’t want them to break it. Even if it doesn’t break at the AEL it might break when it goes for store certification and that will mean 1.5 days wasted before you even find out.
· It’s a good chance to get to play with the app on a tablet.
· They are there to give you constructive feedback.
· Take notes.
If you are writing an App and want to come in and have our engineers go through the App with you then register here