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Microsoft invites developers to AppFest

Posted on Sep 06, 07:34PM | IBNS

IT major Microsoft on Thursday invited developers to the world's largest App fest for Windows 8 called Windows 8 AppFest, which kicks off on Sept 21-22 at the KTPO in Bangalore.

Participants can register themselves at http://www.microsoft.com/india/events/win8Appfest/default.aspx.

This coding Olympics for developers will be an 18 hours, non-stop software jam with the opportunity to design, build, test and submit Apps with the help of special Microsoft mentors from all over the world and technical engineers on hand to support the process of submitting an App for Windows 8.

Windows 8 has already proven to be the most eagerly anticipated Microsoft operating system of all time, with over 1 million downloads of the consumer preview in the first 24 hours of its availability.

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said, "The AppFest will be a memorable and unique opportunity to mingle with Microsoft engineers, programming specialists, trainers, and industry-recognized app developers to drive innovation globally."

Developers will have the option of submitting Apps in over 20 categories ranging from food, finance productivity, books, social, photo, music and video and shopping.

To support developers in their journey from turning a dream into a download, onsite staff will be available to assist Windows 8 AppFest participants with preparing their apps for eventual submission to the Windows Store.

The Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 8 will be made available to developers attending the Apps Fest for Windows 8, who will also have the option of bring their own team of a total of 4 people to build Apps.

This gives developers early access to prepare Apps and products for the Windows 8 global launch.

The Windows 8 App Fest is therefore an international opportunity, for developers to build their Apps, which will then be available for download across the world through the Windows 8 marketplace.