New Windows Desktop Program For Desktop Application Analytics

Microsoft has introduced a new desktop program for the analytics of computer applications. This desktop program offers developers a one-stop solution for their desktop application analytics. Using the analytics, developers can tune and prioritize fixes, can preserve an eye at the distribution in their application, and might improve the general experience for their clients.
 
According to the official Windows blog,
 
"There’s no charge to access this data—all you need to do is sign up with a Microsoft account to identify yourself, then upload a signed file using the same trusted, valid certificate your company uses to sign your applications.
 
Once you sign up for the Windows Desktop Application Program and register your certificates, you’ll be able to use the analytics reports to:
 
• View a summary of all failure types, sorted by number of hits
• Drill down into each failure and download stack traces and CAB files to debug the issue faster
• Compare the health status and adoption of a newly released version of your application to previous releases
• View health data in aggregate or by region, allowing you to isolate issues that are specific to a region
• Compare performance and adoption of your desktop applications across Windows versions, such as the latest Windows 10 or Windows Insider releases."
 
To view analytics for your applications:
  1. Sign up for the windows desktop application program. If you already have a Windows Dev Center account, you can opt into this program on the Programs page in Account settings. Otherwise, you can sign up here.
  2. Follow the steps to download an unsigned file, sign it with the same code-signing certificate your company uses to sign your desktop applications and upload the newly signed file back to the portal.
  3. That’s it! We will take the signed file you just uploaded and map it to the telemetry we collect on all applications with the same certificate to show you your analytics data.
To know more about Windows Desktop Application Program, check out the video published with the official announcement.