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Microsoft allows developers to privately test new Windows apps or games with a limited audience to ensure that all bugs are detected prior to general release.
The company said it has a "Private Audience" capability in the development center that enables developers to publish an app or game that is visible only to the people they specify. No one will be able to see that the product exists in the Microsoft Store, even if it had a direct connection to its Microsoft Store listing.
"This will allow you to validate the experience of the audience of your choice while keeping the product hidden from everyone else until you're ready to make it visible to the public," Microsoft said in a blog post
Private The audience uses known user groups. Membership in these groups can be managed directly in the Development Center. Only people in developer-defined groups who are authenticated with a Microsoft account can see the app in the Microsoft Store. Any reviews left by the group members in the store are visible in the development center, but they will not appear in the Microsoft Store listing.
Developers can choose which of the groups their known users will display a new app in the list Visibility of the page Page Pricing and Availability When submitting an app, new users can
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Once the app has been published to a private audience, it can also be set to run is automatically switched to a general audience at a given time by setting a date. The private audience option is only available for new submissions, and once a product has been published to a public audience, you can not switch it back.
Microsoft said that if confidentiality is a concern that the private audience takes into account, the visibility of the app is restricted to only the people the owner mentions, and they should clearly tell the people they trust that they are not Share information about the app via screenshots or social media posts. And although reviews in the store appear only in the Reviews report in the development center, feedback on Feedback Hub is visible to all. Therefore, users should make sure that their testers forward them input in a different way.
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