An insult to Notch: some guy easily gets Minecraft to pass the certification test
Yesterday Notch, the creator of popular indie game Minecraft, slammed Microsoft again for Windows 8,saying he wouldn't certify the app for Windows 8 and mentioned he hopes consumers won't adopt the operating system. Bring in Rafael Rivera, a "guy that knows -a lot- about Windows", who was understandably sick of developers claiming that Windows 8 is a walled garden, and that certifying apps for Windows 8 "ruins the PC as an open platform".
As Rivera explains on his blog Within Windows, Microsoft was not asking Mojang (Notch's company that makes Minecraft) to turn his popular game into a Windows Store App - namely, an app that runs in the Modern UI of Windows 8 and can only be distributed by the Windows Store. Instead, they were offering to help push Minecraft through the Desktop App Certification process, which does not restrict the app to just the Windows Store.
The idea of the Desktop App Certification process is to ensure the app adheres to some basic best practices for Windows apps. Rivera ran Minecraft through a mock certification test, and found that it passed with warnings; he also discovered that these warnings can be rectified in a few simple steps.
There's more in the article. In the end, he fixed all the issues with just four hours of work.