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Microsoft Changes Developer Account Registration Requirements

Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed that Microsoft seems to have changed the requirements for Corporate accounts.  These requirements were not in effect when I originally setup the account for the company that I work for.  We also recently had our corporate account canceled without explanation and are in the process of working to get it reinstated.  This all seems to revolve around rules to increase confidence that in the producers of content.  They are now having Symantec validate a company based on legal documents.

In the past there have been problems with getting credit cards accepted.  We have had to setup new Live IDs to satisfy whatever glitch the system had or unexplainable requirement.  I am hoping that in the time that has elapsed these problems have been resolved.

In truth I can’t say that these new requirements weren’t always in place, but it is getting frustrating to help clients setup accounts.  I am encourage that they have taken steps to safeguard the consumer from Joe-fly-by-night, but they also need to make sure that the process doesn’t become so complex that it drives away companies from participating in the store.  We will have to keep an eye on this as things evolve.

posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 10:15 AM Print
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# re: Microsoft Changes Developer Account Registration Requirements
David
12/10/2012 7:29 AM
So where is info about what requirements changed. When I read the title I think this post will be something useful, but not.
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# re: Microsoft Changes Developer Account Registration Requirements
Tim
12/10/2012 9:25 AM
David,

The first paragraph briefly explains the change. The are requesting documents such as articles of incorporation as proof that the company is legitimate. Previously they only required a reply from an authorizers email account. I hope that helps.

Tim

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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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