Windows Store Preview & App Contest

Windows Store Preview & App Contest

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Today at a Windows Store preview event in San Francisco, we announced the policies and business terms for the Windows Store. These details for the Windows Store are very important as it outlines the incredible economic opportunity for developers that Windows 8 represents as the Windows Store will be an integrated feature in Windows 8. For more details on what we’re announcing today, I suggest reading this blog post from Ted Dworkin. Ted is a Partner Program Manager for the Windows Store and is introduced by Antoine Leblond, Vice President of Windows Web Services.

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Along with important Windows Store details, we are also inviting a set of developers to submit Metro style applications for inclusion in the Windows Store for the Windows 8 Beta in a First Apps contest. For more details on the contest, and a complete list of details including the official rules and submission of apps, head on over to

As a developer, everything you need to get started developing for Windows 8 is available at the Windows Dev Center – including Visual Studio and the Windows 8 Developer Preview. And of course there is a plethora of sessions available online from BUILD at to help you get started too.

Remember, for a behind-the-scenes look at the engineering of Windows 8, check out the Building Windows 8 blog.

I am extremely excited to see what kinds of apps developers come up with using the Metro style principles for Windows 8. I am also thinking about developing an app of my own!

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  • cj31016
    7 Posts

    I am so unbelievably excited for Windows 8. I have zero interest in development as I make my living as a systems and network engineer, but this is very cool. I'm glad Microsoft is still showing the world who's king, and I can't wait for an exciting 2012 with more and more news coming from Redmond.

  • @Brandon LeBlanc

    Will do, thanks for the link. ;)

  • Hi everyone - thank you for your comments and questions. I suggest heading on over to the Windows Store for Developers blog and leaving your questions there. The team responsible for the Windows Store is blogging there and reading comments. The blog is here:


  • ttola
    2 Posts

    im from an african country, im a developer, its so sad to put in great effort to learn to develop on this platform and be totally discarded. no windows phone market place, no zune pass, no localization for search from bing, no opportunity from web/dream spark, yet ms sell large number of pcs, make so much money, and shuts you out!


    This pretty much answers my question. One big 'meh'!

  • I'm thinking of an app I can enter for this contest. I'm just scared my idea has been taken already!

  • By the way, any chance of expanding the First Apps Contest into more countries?

  • Assuming by what has been publicized, my country, Macedonia, will be supported by Windows Store, right? I'm asking because, currently, the Windows Phone Marketplace doesn't support it.