Windows 8 has arrived and, thanks to the new Windows Store, app developers have hundreds of millions of potential customers at their fingertips.
Now is the perfect time to harness your fabulous app ideas and start developing for the Windows 8 platform. As if you needed any extra incentive, Future Publishing has partnered with Microsoft with £40,000 worth of incredible prizes to be won!
Interested? Whether you already have a live app in the Windows Store or you're building - or even just thinking about building - an app, all you need to do is register here. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you’ll be entered into the draws and competition.
Even if you’ve never built an app before then that’s not a problem. The Windows 8 App Generator site will provide you with all the information, tools and help you’ll need to get started. You don’t even need to learn a new programming language as all of the familiar development tools are available for building Windows 8 apps.
Whether you're an experienced Windows developer or a newcomer to the platform, there’s an incredible range of prizes to be won - and EVERYONE who enters has a chance to win.
As well as prizes for the Ten Best Apps and the overall Grand Prize winner, there are also 28 daily draws, where winners will be randomly chosen to receive some fantastic prizes. All you need to do is register here, either with a live app in the Windows Store or with an app you are building - or even just thinking about building. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you’ll be entered into the draws and competition.
Here's exactly what you could win:
- In the Daily Prize Draw, there are 28 amazing 32GB Windows tablets to be won - that’s one lucky prize winner, each day, for four whole weeks.
- In the Winter Prize Draw, there’s a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera up for grabs.
- Each of the Best App Finalists will win a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone.
- The Grand Prize winner will also win a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera.
We will make daily checks in the Windows Store for all the apps and publishers registered for the competition and will enter each app from the day it is live. If you want to double check that we have your app entered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org when your app is live and we will confirm your entry.
HOW THE WINNERS ARE CHOSEN
1. Daily Prize Draw
Quite simply, the earlier you get your entry in, the more chances you'll have of winning an amazing 32GB Windows 8 tablet! How does it work? Well, submit your entry on any day between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December and as soon as your app is in the Windows Store you’ll automatically be entered into the following day’s Daily Prize Draw. And if you don't win that day, you'll be entered into the next day's draw, and the next and the next… Each day’s winner will be picked at random, and there are 28 of these top-flight tablets begging to be won. So what are you waiting for?
2. Winter Prize Draw
If the idea hasn’t yet sunk in, let’s make it absolutely clear: Microsoft is REALLY keen to get app developers to enter this competition. So to up the ante a little further, all entries submitted between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December will be eligible for the Winter Prize Draw as well as the Daily Prize Draw. And this prize is definitely not to be sniffed at - it’s an amazing bundle of tech including a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera. As with the Daily Prize Draw, the winner of the Winter Prize Draw will be chosen entirely at random. So as long as your published app is validated by Microsoft, you have a chance of winning this fabulous prize.
3. The Ten Best Apps/Grand Final Winner
Okay, this is the big one. If your Windows 8 app gets selected by our panel of judges as one of our Top Ten, you’ll be looking at fame, glory and a fabulous prize bundle of incredible tech! Each of our Ten Best Apps winners will get (deep breath)… a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone! So there’s no time to lose.
Each of the Top Ten apps will be entered for the Grand Final, you have until 16th January to get your Windows 8 app done, dusted, published and submitted to the Windows Store.
Then it’s in the hands of the judges. Our expert panel will include some of the leading journalists from Future Publishing’s range of print and online magazines covering design and technology, which include .net, Computer Arts and TechRadar to name but a few.
Finally, one entry will become our overall Grand Final winner. Getting that level of industry recognition would be reward enough. But to make victory all the sweeter, the overall winner will go home with an added prize bundle - a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera. Not too shabby!