Market Development Agreement (MDA) Program Resource Center

Created Date 2017-09-06 |  Modified Date 2024-02-26

Applies to: Qualified Partners

Updating the MDA Program letter by adding clarification to System Manifest Quality Serviceability requirement by adding “Arm” to reflect the requirement is applicable for Arm based devices only.

Update February 09, 2024

Adding information for the Program Year 2024 Training date, times, and links to register for the events.

Update January 18, 2024

A new tab has been created on the resource center for the MDA Program Year 2024. The MDA Program letter for PY24 is now available under the MDA 2024 tab. Additional program resources are coming soon.

Update October 05, 2023

Adding Critical Incident Whitepaper and related documents for PY23 under MDA 2023 tab.

Updated August 30, 2023

The MDA 2023 tab has been updated with updated program letters for PY23.

Updated August 11, 2023

Updated the Smart App Control Validation Toolkit (SACVT) with a new release. This is located in the MDA 2023 tab, under Program Tools.

Updated June 21,2023

Updated the Smart App Control Validation Toolkit (SACVT) with a new release.

Updated April 18, 2023

Updated the Smart App Control Validation Toolkit (SACVT) with a new release.

Updated April 03, 2023

The MDA 2023 tab has been updated with Release Announcements documents, Introduction to MDA, Program 2023 training courses in different languages and added a new section MDA continuing education with Managing drivers on Windows Update course and MDA Debugging Guide.

Updated March 22, 2023

Updated the Smart App Control Validation Toolkit (SACVT) with a new release. This is located in the MDA 2023 tab, under Program Tools.

Updated March 21, 2023

The MDA 2023 tab has been updated with Technical Programs training recording and Introduction to MDA Program 2023 training courses in different languages.

Updated February 27, 2023

The MDA 2023 tab has been updated with Introduction to MDA Program 2023 training courses, instructions for taking MDA training courses and 2023 Program Tools.

Updated February 22, 2023

The MDA 2023 Program Letter has been updated to reflect updated eligibility requirement and Sales Out Reporting requirement.

Updated February 14, 2023

Adding information for the Program Year 2023 Training date, times, and links to register for the events.

Updated January 30, 2023

Added the MDA Windows Release Testing Guidance for Windows 11 May CI (Continuous Innovation) 2023. This can be found in the MDA 2023 tab, under Windows Release Testing Information.

Updated January 17, 2023

Adding information regarding the Windows Release Testing for May CI in the MDA 2023 tab.

Updated January 13, 2023

The MDA 2023 Program Letter has been updated to show the changes to Smart App Control Requirement.

Updated January 05, 2023

Program Documents for Program Year 2023 are now available in the MDA 2023 tab.

Updated October 19, 2022

A new tab has been created on the resource center for the MDA Program Year 2023. We will provide updates once Program Documents become available, which is expected to be in January 2023.

Updated September 16, 2022

The Eligibility requirements have been updated, effective Program Year 2023. Please see the newly added communication asset that has been added which details the updated eligibility for PY23 for Jumpstart and MDA Program.

Updated September 09, 2022

Updated the MDA Validation Toolkit with a new release. This is located in the MDA 2022 tab, under Program Tools.

Updated July 29, 2022

Updated the MDA Validation Toolkit with a new release. This is located in the MDA 2022 tab, under Program Tools.

Updated June 21, 2022

Added the MDA Windows Release Testing Notification for Windows 10 22H2, and the MDA Windows Release Testing Requirements for Windows 10 22H2. These can be found in the 2022 tab, under Windows Release Testing Information.

Updated May 31, 2022

Updated the Introduction and Onboarding to the MDA Program, as well as the Introduction to MDA 2022 Training download pages to reflect the updated Program Year 2022 dates.

Updated April 29, 2022

The MDA Windows Release Testing cycle has been updated. Please see the updated MDA Windows Release Testing Notification for Windows 11 22H2 communication in the MDA 2022 tab for updates.

Updated April 18, 2022

Added a new partner communication MDA Comm for WDDM 3.0 Graphics Drivers which can be found in the 2022 tab under the “Program Waivers and Whitepapers” Section.

Updated April 01, 2022

Updated the MDA 2022 Program Letter redline and clean versions.

Updated March 03, 2022

Added the MDA Windows Release Testing Guidance for Windows 11 22H2. This can be found in the 2022 tab, under Windows Release Testing Information.

Updated February 16, 2022

Added a link to the page MDA AutoPilot Deployment MDA Test Pass White Paper v1 FINAL.

Updated January 31, 2022

Updated the MDA Validation Toolkit with a new release.

Updated January 25, 2022

Added the MDA Windows release testing notification for Windows 11 22H2. This can be found in the 2022 tab, under Windows Release Testing Information.

Updated November 12, 2021

Updated the MDA Validation Toolkit with the newest version of the tool.

Updated November 11, 2021

Added the Critical Incident Whitepaper 2022.

Updated October 11, 2021

Added a link to the recorded training session for MDA and Device Configuration for Program Year 2022. This can be found under the 2022 tab.

Updated September 8, 2021

- Updated the MDA Validation Toolkit and added a link to the toolkit to the 2022 tab.

Updated September 7, 2021

- Added multiple language versions of the document “Introduction and Onboarding to the MDA Program”.

Updated September 3, 2021

Added a new communications page titled “PY2022 MDA and Device Configuration Training Updates and Information” to the 2022 tab which provides updates for the Program 2022 Training Courses and Upcoming Training events.

Updated August 19, 2021

- Added the MDA Autopilot Models and Process Template to the 2022 tab.

Updated August 18, 2021

- Added the Program Year 2022 Training dates, times, and links to register for the events.

Updated August 11, 2021

- Reformatted the layout of the 2021 and 2022 tabs.

Updated July 29, 2021

- Updated the format of the MDA Resource Center

- Add the document "Introduction to the MDA Program"

- Added the MDA Program Training to the 2021 and 2022 tabs, as well as additional resources for partners

Updated July 9, 2021

Added MDA Windows Release Test Guidance for Windows 11 Refresh.

Updated July 1, 2021

- Updated MDA 2021 Program Addendum Document- Clean to show the new Windows name.

- Added MDA 2021 Program Addendum Document- Redline to show the changes when the name was updated.

- Updated MDA 2022 Program Letter

Updated June 24, 2021

Added MDA Windows Release Testing Announcement for June 28 - August 20 required Windows Release Testing.

Updated May 19, 2021

Updated program documents.

Updated April 22, 2021

Added MDA 2022 Program Letter – Final.

Updated March 30, 2021

Added new download page for MDA Windows Release Test Guidance for Windows October 2021 Release.

Updated March 22, 2021

Added 2022 Tab in preparation for final Program Year 2022 documents coming in June.

Updated March 18, 2021

Added the Release Testing Notification for the Windows October 2021.

Updated March 15, 2021

Added Preview version of the MDA 2021 Program Addendum.

Updated February 23, 2021

Created a new download page for 21H1 MDA Testing Guidance.

Updated February 10, 2021

Updated with a new communication page for Windows 10 21H1 adoption and testing, changing both to recommended, not required.

Updated December 23, 2020

Updated with a notification of the upcoming Windows Release, named "21H1", and the Market Development Agreement (MDA) Milestone 1 Windows Release Testing details.

Updated December 16, 2020

Changed the default tab to 2021.

Updated November 16, 2020

Removed the 2019 Tab from the Resource Center.

Updated October 9, 2020

Added a link to the PY2021 Critical Incident White Paper to the MDA Resource Center’s 2021 tab. 

Updated September 15, 2020

Added a link to the new MDA 2021 - Transition recommendations for Shipping Drivers on Windows Update requirement communication page.

Updated September 11, 2020

Added a link to the MDAVT Tool to the MDA 2021 tab and removed out of date resources from the 2021 tab.

Updated August 21, 2020

Added a link to the Jumpstart, Device Configuration, and MDA Program Training for PY2021 page.

Updated August 7, 2020

Added a link to the 20H2 Windows Upgrade Test Guidance.

Updated August 5, 2020

Adjusted links to more appropriately reflect the program years.

Updated July 31, 2020

Add a link to the new MDA Autopilot Models and Process Template download page to the MDA Resource Center 2021 tab under MDA General Resources.

Updated July 28, 2020

Added a new section to the MDA 2021 tab for MDA Tools and added a link to the MDA Validation Tool.

Updated July 17, 2020

Added a link to the 2021 Programs Training for OEM/ODM Partners.

Updated June 19, 2020

Added a link to the MDA Validation Tool to the 2020 tab of the MDA Resource Center.

Updated June 11, 2020

The 20H2 MDA Upgrade Testing Notification has been added to MDA 2020 Milestone 1.

Updated May 15, 2020

Updates made to the MDA 2021 tab – Publication of the redline and final documents for the MDA 2021 program.

Updated March 26, 2020

These materials provide context to the proposed changes for OEM Program Year 2021 effective October 1, 2020.

Updated March 6, 2020

Added a tab for the 2021 program year.

Updated December 16, 2019

Added a link to the 20H1 Windows Upgrade Test Guidance under Milestone 1.

Updated December 11, 2019

This communication is to provide specific dates and details regarding the 20H1 Windows Release Testing requirement under MDA Milestone 1.

Updated November 19, 2019

Redesigned the MDA Resource Center for a more friendly user experience. Resources are now conveniently separated by program year.

Introduction

This resource center contains information for partners who have been invited to participate in the MDA Windows incentive program. The resource center is organized by Program Year. Please select the appropriate tab to see information about the program year you are interested in. For example, MDA 2024 is for program year 2024, which is April 1, 2024 - March 31, 2025.

Additional Resources

  • Microsoft Partner Center – This is your access point to a variety of tools and information you will need to be part of Microsoft’s Programs. To onboard the tool follow these steps:
    • First, you need to create a Microsoft Partner Center account. Follow the instructions in Create a Partner Center Account. Important! Your ability to meet the program requirements will be impacted without Microsoft Partner Center Access. Onboard prior to the start of the program year to avoid non-compliance.
    • When you have created your Microsoft Partner Center account, request access to the Hardware tab by contacting your account manager for details. The Hardware tab is where you will review and submit drivers.
  • Collaborate – Allows you to download builds, specs, documents, and other information, as well as submit bugs during testing. To onboard and get access to the Microsoft Partner Center Collaborate tab, follow the Microsoft Collaborate Onboarding Instructions.
  • OPD Resource Center - This page contains the Windows OEM Policy Document (OPD) for Windows Releases. The OPD lists requirements for all OEMs with a Global Partner Agreement (GPA) and Customer License Agreement (CLA) with Microsoft, who customize and distribute Windows.
  • Jumpstart Marketing Resource Center – This resource center contains information for partners who participate in Jumpstart Program Tier 1 or Tier 2.
  • Device Configuration Resource Center – This resource center contains the Device Configuration information for partners who participate in Jumpstart Program Tier 1 or Tier 2 or who receive incentive on certain SKUs for meeting the requirements of the Device Configuration Document.