I am pleased to announce a new contest we are running from April to June 2014 that might be of interest to some of you working on your Windows 8 apps. It’s called Microsoft’s Best App a Month Contest or BAM!.
We want to find and showcase cool and innovative apps and games on the Windows 8 platform. Have you created something recently we should know about and have attended one Studio Time that month? Do you have an idea for a cool Windows 8 app or game and you’re just getting started? If so, enter your app / game into the Best App A Month Contest, where you could win a new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet.
BuildYourBiz is a site created by local Boston Technology community leaders and technology business owners. The great content and success factors covered are a collaboration of many technology leaders including John Ross, Dan Stolts, Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton, James Quick and others. Together, These experts as well as other technology experts and business owners will help you build your business on free Microsoft resources. This site and project was put together to help people start and build their business. BuildYourBiz will teach business owners, consultants, technologists and students how they can leverage technology to build their business. This will include many tips, tricks and resources available to help start, build and grow your business.
This coming Saturday, March 1st 2014, I will be leading the workshop on how to build your first app. This will be a step-by-step lesson to building a business for Technology Professionals and Students. Now we will dive into how you (an IT Professional or Student) can get started in building your first Windows Store application. No prior development experience required.
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4 easy steps and you have an app. It is true!
Head on over to App Studio for the Windows Phone and you will find an updated site and features to build yourself a Windows Phone app in a few easy steps.
Redesigned UI, touch enabled, a better emulator, new templates and other features makes this a pretty powerful tool.
Most of all when you generate your project you have a choice of a Windows Phone project or a Windows Phone AND Store project! Woohoo!
Start your app today!
Read more about the enhancements fromt the developer blog
Unity developers listen up! Microsoft has created a great oppurtunity for success on the Windows Platform. Using a great tool like Unity, and a great platform like Windows, success is an easy few steps away.
Head on over to Unity3D.com to view the progam and the step to qualify and start feeling the success!
Microsoft has updated SkyDrive app to become OneDrive app. If you do not have SkyDrive or OneDrive installed, it is real simple to get going. If you have it installed, it is still pretty simple.
Head on over to OneDrive.com and download the app.
OneDrive is available for Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. It is also available for Mac OS X.
Have a Tablet? No problem. OneDrive is available for it as well.
OneDrive is even available for your mobile phone.
Installation is straightforward and if you activate photo synching, you get some extra storage. Also, refer friends, get more space as well!
If you are installing on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista computer, running the setup from the links above will upgrade you to OneDrive.
On Mac OS X, head on over to the App Store and run the upgrade from there.
Tablets – head to your marketplace or store and perform the updates.
Phone – head to the marketplace or store and perform the update as well.
The update brings a new thumbnail view, improved view of shared files, the ability to share multiple items at once, the ability to pin folders to your Start screen, open your OneDrive files in other apps, and bug fixes and performance improvements. A worthwhile update!
There is a lot of momentum with Windows 8 right now. From the launch of the Nokia 2520 to all of the Windows Phones and other tablets, it is a great time to be part of the Windows ecosystem.
With that said, it is a great time for Students and Developers to start building apps and games for the Windows Platform. Listed below are a few promotions going on.
App Builder Rewards: Double Points December
Publish an app in December • Complete the quest • Earn 10,000 points
It’s Double Points December! Publish your app in the Windows Store and complete the “Apps Quest” between December 1st and 31st 2013, and you’ll get double points for up to 8 apps. The more apps you submit, the more you earn. Join App Builder Rewards today! https://build.windowsstore.com/rewards
Build an app this holiday season and ring in the new year with some cash in your pocket
We are excited to announce the Windows 8 Holiday App Challenge. Spend your winter break coding an awesome new app to be eligible to win up to $150. Full contest details can be found at http://windows8challenge.com.
How to participate?
- Develop a Windows 8 app. Submit your app to http://aka.ms/HolidayAppChallengeSubmission to be eligible to win av$50 gift card.
- Promote your app to get 100 downloads. Visit www.windows8challenge.com for tips and tricks to get 100 downloads in no time!
- Confirm your app has 100 downloads. Submit your confirmation at http://aka.ms/HolidayAppDownloadConfirmation to be eligible to win an additional $100 gift card. The contest ends on January 15th, 2014.
Offer terms and conditions: http://aka.ms/HolidayAppOfferTerms.
The Modev Windows $10k App Contest
We’re looking for those game changers, industry disruptors—denizens of creative awesome from across the developer community. We’ll award prizes two ways:
- An impartial panel of judges will pick the top three apps from among the entries and award prizes
- We’ll put the pool of entries up for a public vote, and encourage some healthy competition between entrants to promote your app and get the public to vote for you
To qualify, entrants need to submit new Windows 8 or Windows Phone apps to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store between October 1 and December 31, 2013, and fill out the Contest Entry form. Judging and public voting will begin in January 2014, with winners announced by January 31st.