Microsoft Application Acceleration program
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Microsoft Application Acceleration program

The Microsoft Application Acceleration offering is a new segment of the Windows Accelerate program and is designed to help more customers take advantage of powerful new features and development opportunities for the Windows 8 operating system. The program consists of three customer offerings, all focused on building apps: Proof of Concept, Production Pilot, and Design Starter Kit. To participate in Microsoft Application Acceleration, you must qualify as a Microsoft App Factory partner. 

Microsoft App Factory partners

Microsoft App Factory partners are solution providers who have been approved to receive funding through the Microsoft Application Acceleration program and implement Production Pilot, Proofs of Concept and Design Starter Kit offerings. These partners have invested in specialized training and certifications and are uniquely qualified to help customers assess app-development projects for business-to-consumer (B2C) and line-of-business apps.


To become an App Factory partner, your company must attend an App Factory training event. After successfully completing the required training, your staff will have deeper Windows 8 app-development skills and a better understanding of Windows 8 app design, and will be approved to deliver Microsoft Application Acceleration Proof of Concept and Microsoft Application Acceleration Production Pilot offerings. Contact your Partner Account Manager or local Windows business group manager for details about becoming an App Factory partner.