Microsoft Details Windows 8 Store Desktop App Submission Process

Along with the Metro Style apps that are built on Windows RT platform, Microsoft is also allowing Desktop apps such as Microsoft Office 2010, VLC Player to be listed on Windows Store. Listing Desktop apps on Windows Store enables customers to search for them, browse through descriptive information about them, and acquire them from the developer’s website using a link provided in the product description page in the Windows Store. Windows Store won’t be handling the update process as well. Developers who need to submit their desktop apps read the process below,

  • Sign up for a Hardware/Desktop Dashboard Company Account.
  • Using this account, submit the results of the Windows App Certification Kit.
  • After we approve the results, submit the app to the Windows Store.
  • Sign up as a company for a Windows Store developer account, using the same account as in step 1.
  • Approved apps that have passed the Windows App Certification Kit will show up in the desktop dashboard and are ready to submit to the Windows Store.
  • Create listing information for the Windows Store, and submit it for Windows Store Certification.
  • Once the app has passed Windows Store Certification, it will be listed in the Windows Store.

Read more at Windows Store blog. 

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