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