Beta Distribution

Submitting a beta version is simple and you start with the same steps for submitting a new regular app version.

  1. Navigate to AppHub and log in.
  2. From there, click on the large Windows Phone button to start the process.
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  3. The home page of the Windows Phone section should load on your screen. Click on Submit App.
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  4. Submitting a new beta version is simple, and there is a wizard that helps you. The submission home page looks like the following screenshot. Usually you only need to go through the first two steps.
    Screen Shot 2013-02-22 at 11.19.00Note: When filling in application details, don’t forget to include the word ‘Beta’ or add something else to the title so that the “regular” title won’t be reserved. Also be sure to change the distribution from Public Marketplace to Private Beta Test.Description and artwork requirements are just like a regular app. You’ll need to be prepared with the same types of images and sizes, but beta artwork can include placeholders.
  5. After you’ve submitted the description and artwork the wizard will skip the pricing tab and take you right to the new Beta testing tab. This tab is where you provide a list of Live IDs (e-mail addresses) for each beta tester, separated by semicolons. Try not to include any leading or trailing spaces.
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  6. Finally, once you’ve completed all of the steps above and your beta has been accepted, each tester will receive an e-mail that looks like this:
    mail-betaThe [link to your application] can be followed by the user on their phone and it will take them directly to a private beta page in marketplace. From there, users can install, rate and review the beta just like they would a normal app. And you, the developer, can review this information just like you would a normal app.