Based on customer demand, Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) are expanding the App Review To Cert Pilot to cover the worldwide MCP community.
Originally launched in July, this program aligns with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative to exams for validating their technical skills.
In this program, HTML5/WinJS or C#/XAML developers will receive their MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification by completing the following activities:
1. A 2-4 hour live (via Lync) technical review of their applications by the PFE App Consult team, and successfully addressing any identified must-fix issues. Apps will be evaluated based on implementation of features corresponding to key Windows Store Essentials (481 or 484) exam objectives:
2. Submission and acceptance of their application to the Windows Store
3. Passing the associated Advanced Windows Store (482 or 485) exam in the certification path
Registration for the pilot program is open July 3-Oct 3 and is limited to 100 applicants with original applications that they alone have authored which:
To earn the exam credit, all activities must be completed within 90 days of acceptance into the pilot program.
To apply for this program, please send an email to AppRevToCert@microsoft.com
Has it also expanded to allow Phone Apps written in C#/XAML?
@Chris - Not at this time. Once the pilot is complete, we will evaluate options to expand app reviews to other target platforms.
Is it for MCSD Windows Store only? Or for MCSD Web Applications too?
@Sohail - At this time, the program is only open for review of Windows Store Apps and, therefore, only awards credit for the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification.
Any chance we will see something similar in the future with SharePoint apps and the corresponding MCSD?
@Paul - Over the next few months, we will be evaluating the performance of the pilot program and the feasibility to expand it to Web and/or Office apps. Stay tuned.