Microsoft wants to help you get your apps approved quickly

When Microsoft first announced its plans for the Windows Store for Windows 8 Metro users, they also launched an app developer contest. This contest gave a few lucky software creators a chance to have their Windows 8 Metro apps to be among first to be released when the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was launched on February 29.

While that contest is now over, that doesn't mean Microsoft isn't looking for more Windows 8 Metro apps to be put into the Windows Store. In a blog post this week, Microsoft's Matt Harrington has put the word out that he will help app developers in the western part of the United States get their apps submitted for the Windows Store.

If you happen to live in that part of the country, and if you have made a cool Metro app, Harrington says to contact him. He states, "I’ll help you register so you can get your application through our Application Accelerator Labs, where the app will get reviewed to confirm it is done and conforms to the Metro guidelines and certification requirements."

Microsoft is also holding a series of Windows Application Accelerator Labs camps so that app developers can get help in making apps for the Metro UI. A list of those camps' locations and dates, along with separate Windows Developer Camps, are listed at Harrington's blog.

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Windows 8 is going to fail miserably. Metro is not a desktop design, and is being pushed onto desktops purely in an attempt to get users to buy stuff from the Microsoft app store, with M$ getting a cut.

I refused to log into it with a live account in the preview, and never will, I created a local account for logon.

Lets hope they don't accelerate past (ie. skip) the requirement to have mouse wheel scrolling like several of the recently released apps, including several of Microsoft's own apps.

TCLN Ryster said,
Lets hope they don't accelerate past (ie. skip) the requirement to have mouse wheel scrolling like several of the recently released apps, including several of Microsoft's own apps.

It's not helping the case that Metro is designed for the touch rather desktop when apps don't even support the mouse and kb like the Start Screen does.

All that means nothing if they don't fix the Windows Store. There's no way for me to fix the store not showing any new apps, or any apps when I click on categories. They still have a ways to go if they really want this to go anywhere. They need to hit a Grand Slam.

TCLN Ryster said,
Lets hope they don't accelerate past (ie. skip) the requirement to have mouse wheel scrolling like several of the recently released apps, including several of Microsoft's own apps.

In most cases that's nothing to do with the developer - that's a combination of the framework not currently supporting it properly on all controls, and mouse drivers. In general WinRT HTML based & XAML based development, developers don't explicitly state mouse wheel scrolling support - it's meant to be done for them by the system.

TCLN Ryster said,
Lets hope they don't accelerate past (ie. skip) the requirement to have mouse wheel scrolling like several of the recently released apps, including several of Microsoft's own apps.

your right...but since they are app preview i give them the benifit...