Application Development competency
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Application Development


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  • A set of core benefits is provided to all partners each time they enroll or renew their membership in the Microsoft Partner Network. Visit the core benefit and requirements page to see the complete list. Review the following table for a list of benefits and requirements specific to this competency.
    Benefits Silver Gold
    Earn Bing Ads credits to help you run your customers’ search advertising campaigns for no cost
    Get improved access to tools, software, communities, and resources, with additional Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise with MSDN subscriptions 5 licenses 25 licenses
    Further expand your technical and business skills to develop and sell apps with the Microsoft Azure Development Center and the Microsoft Dev Camps
    Use one of the 100 Microsoft Innovation Centers to help accelerate technology advances and stimulate local software economies  
    Generate visibility and make more money by publishing apps to the Windows and Windows Phone stores  
    Access the Microsoft Azure Marketplace to buy and sell finished software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps and premium data sets
    Find resources to help you increase exposure for your Microsoft Azure applications with App Launch Services  
    Access internal-use software licenses (in addition to those you receive as part of your core partner benefits) for products related to this competency
    Receive a discount on a business modeling session with Tellus International (application track only) 20% discount 30% discount
    Requirements
    Silver Gold
    1. 1. Pass technical assessments, exams, and certifications
    2. 2. Provide customer evidence
      • Services track
        • Your organization must submit three customer references showcasing a custom application project developed on the Windows platform (Windows Server, Windows Client, Microsoft Azure, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Embedded) and completed within the past 12 months. After a reference has been approved, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.

        • Qualifying applications include developed and marketed, packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify

        • Details about application tests and submission process can be found on Microsoft Platform Ready.

      • Independent Software Vendors track
        • Must submit three customer references completed in the past 12 months that showcases an application that passed the silver Microsoft Azure, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Phone 8 application tests.
    3. 3. Update your MPN organization profile
      • Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization.
    4. 4. Pay the fee
      • The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your organization earns. The fee varies by location. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%silverprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.
         
        Requirements
        Silver Gold
        1. 1. Pass technical assessments, exams, and certifications
          • Services track
            • Four individuals must hold a current version of one of the following certifications:
              • MCSD: Web Apps
              • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5
              • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C#
              • MCPD: Windows Developer 4
              • MCPD: Windows Azure Developer 4

            Independent Software Vendors track
            • Your organization must have one product or application that has passed one of the following application tests:
              • Gold Competency Test for Windows 8
              • Gold Competency Test for Windows Server 2012 R2
              • Gold Competency Test for Microsoft Azure
              • Gold Competency Test for Windows Phone 8
              • Gold Competency Test for SQL Server 2014

          • Training content for the exams and certifications can be found on Partner University learning paths.

            Your organization can attain multiple competencies. If your employees or contractors pass the eligible competency exams for multiple gold competencies, you can count those exams toward attaining multiple gold competencies.
          2. Provide customer evidence
          • Services track
            • Your organization must submit three customer references showcasing a custom application project developed on the Windows platform (Windows Server, Windows Client, Microsoft Azure, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Embedded) and completed within the past 12 months. After a reference has been approved, it can be used toward earning or renewing a competency for up to two years.

            • Qualifying applications include developed and marketed, packaged software solutions based on Microsoft technologies. Custom-written applications not meant for resale do not qualify.

            • Details about application tests and submission process can be found on Microsoft Platform Ready.

          • Independent Software Vendors track
            • Must submit five customer references completed in the past 12 months that showcases an application that passed the gold Microsoft Azure, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Phone 8 application tests.
          3. Update your MPN organization profile
          • Your account administrator must provide specific information about your organization.
          4. Gather customer feedback 5. Pay the fee
          • The fee is due one time per year—no matter how many competencies your company earns. According to the URL that you are currently visiting, your fee would be [%cloudgoldprice%] [%currency%], not including applicable local taxes and fees. This fee will also be presented to you during the enrollment process. Your actual fee will be based on the physical location of your company.

            Partners who attain a gold competency after they have already attained that silver competency, can upgrade that year to gold for no additional cost (unless a partner is within the last 90-day renewal period, in which case the full gold competency membership fee is due).