We're part of of the MS Partner Network, and to continue that, either us (the developers) need to pass more MS tests, or see if our desktop app can pass the MS Application Competency test, in Windows 7 or 8. I'm researching the latter, but before creating test IDs, setting up test environments, installing kits, etc, I'm trying to figure out if it's even viable for us to attain the silver level (not gold).
We're a small shop (25 employees, 3 programmers) with less than 1000 customers, which we seek out, as we have very specific clientele. So our product is not something anyone would want to download, and I can't figure out if we have to make our product available on the MS Store, which we don't want. (Or is that only for mobile apps and not desktop apps?) We also require a back end SQL Server. Our app also uses third-party controls, and I cannot figure out if that's allowed, prior to jumping through all the hoops.
Does any of that make a difference? Can anyone try to get a desktop app to pass the MS app competency certification and not have to post it? Does using third-party controls matter?
Not sure if anyone here can even help me, but thought I'd try, as this is all new to me.