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First published on MSDN on Dec 13, 2013

To help our hardware partners achieve certification qualification, the Windows Certification Program team is pleased to announce that all hardware certification fees will be dropped starting on 1/1/2014. Any hardware certification submissions that arrive on 1/1/2014 or later will not be invoiced for submission fees.

This is a great opportunity to lower your development costs by downloading the latest Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK) and testing your system or device for submission at this time.

The Windows Hardware Certification Policy document will be updated shortly to indicate that no hardware certification fees will be charged after 1/1/2014.