Device Metadata in Windows 8
In Windows 8, device metadata creates the link between a particular device and its Windows Store device app. Windows automatically downloads Device Metadata from the Windows Metadata Internet Service (WMIS).
In addition to UI content for the device (localizable model name, description & photorealistic icons) the device metadata package indicates which app Windows should download.
For Windows 8, device metadata is an extended version of any device metadata package you might have created for Windows 7 (and is backwards compatible with Windows 7). As in Windows 7, device manufacturers can use the device metadata system to deliver a device experience in Devices and Printers and Device Stage for a connected device or the PC.
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Create Device Metadata
Windows 8 also provides a GUI-based development tool that you can use to create device metadata packages. For more information about creating device metadata packages, see the following:
- Device Metadata Authoring Wizard - Online documentation that describes how to create and edit a device metadata package using the Device Metadata Authoring Wizard.
- Device Metadata Authoring Wizard * - The content of the online documentation in Word format. This document is translated to multiple languages.
For information about the XML schema for metadata packages, see the following documents:
- Device Metadata Package Schema Reference for Windows 8 *
- Service Metadata Package Schema Reference for Windows 8 *
For a technical overview of publishing and testing the metadata locally, OPK scenarios, and error messages in the event log, see Device Metadata Pipeline document)* (update for Windows 8).
Submit Device Metadata
Use the Windows Hardware Developer Center Dashboard to submit device metadata packages. The Dashboard Help tells you how to submit the metadata as part of a device experience and troubleshoot submission problems, in the following links:
- Create a Device Metadata Experience
- Submit a PC Device Metadata Package
- Submit a Windows Store device App for Mobile Broadband
- Submit a Bulk Metadata Package
- Device Metadata Business Rules