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Registration is now open for the UK Windows 8 App Excellence Lab for May.

What is it?

The Windows 8 App Excellence Labs is the only channel for UK developers to gain earlier access to the Windows Store. And of course, gain valuable feedback and advice around enhancing their great Metro user experience and much more.

The lab is a 4-hour engagement with a trained Microsoft Services Engineer who will run their app through a series of tests based on a quality checklist to ensure their app is (or will be) in top-notch shape when they submit.

The App Excellence Labs will be held in the Microsoft Technology Centre at Microsoft HQ at Thames Valley Park, Reading

What do you need to do to take advantage of the App Excellence Labs?

1. Apply to join our UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group.

2. We will reply asking you for some details of what it is you are building and then admit you into the group.

3. You build a great app following the guidance that we have online and which meets the Store certification requirements.

4. We will use the LinkedIn Group to invite you to an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading where you’ll work with an engineer to ensure certification requirements are being met and that the app is providing a great experience to the user.

5. You leave the lab with a registration code that lets you begin the app submission process at the Windows Store.