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Microsoft invites developers to the world's largest app fest at Bangalore

Posted on Sep 07, 07:25AM | IANS

Have a vision for the perfect app, a laptop and some comfy clothes for a marathon coding session? Well, that's all the weapons needed to attend perhaps the world's largest app fest for Windows 8 at Bangalore Sept 21-22.

It's an opportunity to develop apps with global mentoring and technical resources at hand to drive the biggest digital innovation marathon in history and is open to the entire highly talented developer community in India and across the globe.

This coding Olympics for developers will be an 18 hour, 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, a company statement said.

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

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

"We at Microsoft are creating an environment and platform that offers the biggest opportunity in history for developers to seize and lead innovation by building successful applications on the Windows platform," Pramanik added.

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 participants with preparing their apps for eventual submission to the Windows Store," the statement said.

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