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The process has changed for Microsoft partners who are validating a Windows 8 competency who have not gone through the validation process since Windows 7 was released. Windows 8 tested product requirements now follow the same path as other competencies, which is done through Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR)—so now you’ll know what to expect when validating any of your competencies. This article will help you get the most out of MPR and help you get what you need to successfully complete a validation process.
What is Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR)?
MPR is a fully automated testing platform for our Microsoft Partner Network members however; we realize that you may have questions to help you validate your application. We have compiled a list of answers to help you get the most of MPR.
This article covers the following topics:
Changes from the Windows 7 validation process to the current state for Windows 8
Effective October 2013, all partners looking to use a Windows 8 tested product to qualify for the Application Development Competency are now required to complete the Application Validation process in MPR. MPR will allow the partner to utilize the same Windows 8 ACK test result file, but this test must be uploaded into MPR and the remaining process must be completed prior to MPR automatically submitting the result to the Partner Membership Center (PMC).
MPR testing and application validation process
There are 4 principle steps to validate your application:
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Download and review the MPR Test Tool documentation
(http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=203153)for information on testing requirements and technology prerequisites for the MPR Test Tool.
Integration with the Microsoft Partner Network
Find information about how this MPR application validation process works with your Microsoft Partner Network membership and program below:
How do I associate my MPR account with my Microsoft Partner Network account?
You can use the simplified association process
(https://mspartner.microsoft.com/en/us/Pages/Membership/Simplified-association-process.aspx)to associate your Microsoft account ID with your Partner Network account. If you need assistance, please contact the Regional Service Center
Do I need to update the Microsoft Partner Network with the MPR test results?
No. MPR is integrated with the Partner Network—a successful validation is automatically submitted to the Partner Network on your behalf within minutes of completion.
We successfully passed the technology test but our test result is not listed on our Microsoft Partner Network site.
This is probably because of one of two issues:
Here are some common questions specific to Windows 8 in the application validation process.
Where can I download the Windows 8 ACK test tool?
The Windows 8 App Certification Kit
(http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=27414)can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center.
How do I submit my Windows 8 application to the Windows Store?
Read this blog post
(http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsstore/archive/2012/02/13/submitting-your-windows-8-apps.aspx)all about submitting applications to the Windows Store.
If I test for Windows 8 on MPR, will I need to test again to qualify for the Windows Store catalog?
No, you will be uploading the same Windows 8 App compatibility test results for both spaces.
I have already taken the Windows 8 app compatibility test, what more needs to be done to qualify for the Application Development Competency?
For a complete listing of Microsoft competency requirements, please visit the MPN Competency site. To complete the Application Validation process within MPR, in addition to uploading the Windows 8 ACK test result partners must complete the application verification process which includes:
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about testing, which will cover your tested product requirement for Windows 8, as well as any other MPN competencies your organization might pursue.
What are the benefits of testing?
Testing your application is one of the steps in gaining MPN competencies. By testing your application you can be assured that your application works with the list of platform technology requirements set by Microsoft.
What is the testing process?
The testing process can be slightly different depending on the Microsoft platform technology you are testing. It is important to read the Getting Started page on the Test Tab before you begin, where you can find specific requirements your application will need to meet to pass the validation test.
I just finished my application but a new release of the technology has just shipped, what do I do?
The technology test will be available for competency testing for 12 months after shipping of a new release.
Does an MPR validation test expire?
No, MPR validation tests do not expire. However, the tests will be updated with each major product release.
Are the apps profiled in MPR only available to one person for editing/uploading test results?
Yes. Only the user who uploaded the results to their account will be able to see the tested product or test results from MPR.
What is the price of the tests and how do I pay?
Each test is priced at 499 USD (or the equivalent in supported local currencies) and can be paid by credit card.
Do I need to pay to use the MPR tool?
No, using the MPR test tool is free. However, if you want to use the results to qualify for a Microsoft Partner Network competency you will need to upload your application test result and continue with the validation process, which costs 499 USD.
When do I pay the validation fee?
Pay the validation fee in the Test My Apps tab within Microsoft Platform Ready after you upload your MPR test tool results. Upon uploading your MPR test tool results file and providing the necessary validation information, you will be prompted for payment information.
I failed the validation test—can I take it again?
Yes. If your application fails validation you will be provided with a reason for failure. You may fix the issue and resubmit up to two additional times before you will be required to pay additional validation fees.
How can I check the status of my validation test?
Upon a successful validation attempt, your results are automatically submitted to MPN and you can see this in your profile on the Partner Membership Center. Your validation testing results are also posted in the “Test My Apps” tab.
What are the application validation prerequisites I should be aware of?