Place Your Application for Windows XP Media Center Edition on Windows Marketplace!
In order to help promote your great Media Center development work to consumers, the Media Center group at Microsoft is excited to announce that, starting today, you can upload your finished Media Center application to Windows Marketplace, a comprehensive, easy-to-use shopping and download site that helps Windows customers discover, experience, and purchase partner products and software.
After Microsoft has processed your application, your approved Media Center product will be available for download from CNET’s Download.com and Windows Marketplace.
How to upload your product
- Prepare your software application. CNET will test for the following, so be sure you’re ready before you upload your product.
- Your application must be virus and spyware-free, and must not perform any malicious operation on the customer’s PC.
- The product page on your website must list “Windows XP Media Center Edition” as a requirement for product installation.
- The application installer must validate that the user’s PC is running the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system before installing the application.
- When the application is installed, a tile for the application must appear in More Programs.
- When the customer clicks on that tile, he or she must be taken to a 10' experience.
- The customer must be able to navigate your application with the remote control.
- Your application design must feature large buttons and fonts so that it is readable on a TV screen.
- Installing the application must not add a link to the top Media Center navigation menu (next to My music, My Pictures, etc.).
- Your application must function with Media Center Extender.
- For Web-based applications, the application must have some component that needs to be installed on a Media Center PC (this will not necessarily show up in More Programs).
- Your application’s text must be in English.
- You must have the rights to any content used in your application.
- Certain types of content are prohibited by Microsoft policy
- Visit Upload.com and create an account. CNET has a few different listing options: Free listing, Basic ($9USD/mo) or Premium ($99USD/mo).
- Choose “Windows MCE” as your Operating System, and fill out the rest of the submission form. At this time only English-language applications may be submitted to Windows Marketplace.
- Submit your application. CNET will send you mail with confirmation of receipt, and let you know if your application passes their testing requirements.
- Check your listing. Give CNET 2-3 weeks’ processing time to verify your application, then visit Download.com and windowsmarketplace.com to make sure your product appears on both sites. Beginning mid-October, the products will also be available on the Media Center consumer website on Microsoft.com.
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