Windows File Association System on-boarding process

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INTRODUCTION

With the release of Windows XP, Microsoft took steps to make it easier for customers to find software applications that can operate on specific file types. To do this, Windows XP added a Web service that presents applications that can operate on a given file type. The following is an example of how this may be displayed when you open a .doc file:
http://shell.windows.com/fileassoc/0409/xml/redir.asp?EXT=doc
In Windows Vista, we improved the existing service to provide the best possible customer experience.

Microsoft has redesigned the system to provide users a broader selection, and to let them select an application more efficiently. One of the methods to achieve this is to provide direct links to a download or to a purchase offering as often as is possible.

The following section provides more information about what is required to add an application to the File Association service.

MORE INFORMATION

Instructions

  1. In a text file, complete the Contact Information Form.
  2. Complete the Windows File Association Application Form for each of your applications.
  3. To register your applications, return your completed forms as an e-mail attachment to the following address:
    winfar@microsoft.com
  4. We will contact you if we require any additional information.
Notes
  • To help you provide the requested information, each form is followed by an example of a completed form.
  • All completed fields must contain fewer than 255 characters.
  • Each entry should be for a specific locale.

Contact Information Form (description)

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Field nameDescription
Contact Name:Name of contact
Company Name:Name of company
Street Address:Street address for contact
City:City for contact
State/Province:State or province for contact [Not applicable if originated in Korea]
ZIP/Postal Code:ZIP Code or Postal Code for contact
Country/Region:Country for contact
Telephone:Telephone number for contact
E-mail:E-mail address for contact

Contact Information Form (example)

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Field nameDescription
Contact Name:Joe Contact
Company Name:Microsoft
Street Address:One Microsoft Way
City:Redmond
State/Province:WA
ZIP/Postal Code98052-6399
Country/Region:U.S.
Telephone:(425) 882-8080
E-mail:joe.contact@microsoft.com

Windows File Association Application Form (description)

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Field nameDescription
Locale for Display:Locale name based on Windows Locale Name Constants (for more information, see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/intl/nls_238z.asp)
Application Name:Name of application that is to be installed
Brief Description:Description of application that is to be installed
File Type Name:File type name of the file that is requesting the application
File Type Description:Description of the type of file that is used by the application
File Name Extension:File name extension for the application
Download Type:Select one: Full Application, Viewer Application, Trial Application, Beta Application
Destination URL:Download location or purchase location for the application
Destination URL TypeSelect one: Free Download, Buy Online – Download, Buy Online – Shipped Goods

Windows File Association Application Form (example)

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Field nameDescription
Locale for Displayen-us
Application NameMusic Library
Brief DescriptionApplication that organizes a user’s music collection
File Type Name:Music Library Audio Format
File Type DescriptionAn audio format intended for use in a music library
File Name Extension.mus
Download TypeViewer Application
Destination URLhttp://www.finalemusic.com/
Destination URL TypeFree Download
Notes

File Association Form layout

Contact Name:               
Company Name:
Street Address:
City:
State/Province:
ZIP/Postal Code:
Country/Region:
Telephone Number:
E-mail:

Locale for Display:
Application Name:
Brief Description:
File Type Name:
File Type Description:
File Name Extension:
Download Type:
Destination URL:
Destination URL Type:

Locale for Display:
Application Name:
Brief Description:
File Type Name:
File Type Description:
File Name Extension:
Download Type:
Destination URL:
Destination URL Type:   

Locale for Display:
Application Name:
Brief Description:
File Type Name:
File Type Description:
File Name Extension:
Download Type:
Destination URL:
Destination URL Type:   

Locale for Display:
Application Name:
Brief Description:
File Type Name:
File Type Description:
File Name Extension:
Download Type:
Destination URL:
Destination URL Type:
For more information, and to register your applications, e-mail the information in these form to the following address: winfar@microsoft.com.

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Article ID: 929149 - Last Review: October 10, 2009 - Revision: 2.0
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