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Joining the Developer Preview

Last Updated: 12/13/2016

Requirements

To create Cortana skills, you must register for the Cortana Developer Preview program.

To register, you need to provide both a Microsoft account (MSA) and a GitHub account.

Your MSA account is used for dashboard authentication and your GitHub account is used for access to samples and documentation.

All skills you create are associated with your MSA account.

If you haven’t already:

You do not need a working knowledge of GitHub or Git to create a Cortana skill.

To learn more about Cortana extensibility, we recommend that you read the docs on the Cortana dev center.

New registrant

Register for the Cortana Developer Preview program. (See Requirements.)

Once you’ve logged in, click the “Apply for the preview program” button on the application screen.

Application screen for the Cortana developer preview programApplication screen for the Cortana developer preview program

Application form

Provide the information requested on the application form. All fields are required.

To receive regular updates on the Cortana Developer Preview program, check the box at the bottom of the form.

Click the “Apply for the preview program” button.

Registration form for the Cortana developer preview program Registration form for the Cortana developer preview program

Acknowledgement

After you submit the application, you’ll see an acknowledgment screen thanking you for registering.

We’ll follow up with you as soon as possible!

Registration acknowledgment screen for the Cortana developer preview programRegistration acknowledgment screen for the Cortana developer preview program

Processing

If you’ve submitted an application, but have yet to be approved, please be patient. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Processing screen for the Cortana developer preview programProcessing screen for the Cortana developer preview program

Approval

If your application to the developer preview is approved, you will receive an email from the developer preview with next steps to access the Cortana dashboard.

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