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Microsoft giving Windows Phone apps a push with 'Next App Star' contest

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Microsoft giving Windows Phone apps a push with 'Next App Star' contest
Windows Phone is trying hard to become the third ecosystem in what’s effectively a smartphone duopoly between Android and iOS, but first it has to accumulate the apps and with 150,000 in its app store it is still far from getting there.

And now, to get developers excited and coding, Microsoft is launching its “Windows Phone Next App Star” contest. If you are a registered developer you can sign up for the contest by March 5th, and if you get enough votes in April, you could make it to the 64 finalists.

From there on, it will be Microsoft’s turn to test the apps and announce the winner, but the company has promised “prizes along the way to encourage people to participate and ways for you to promote your app and gain new fans.”

The one who wins the grand prize will get featured on a TV ad for Microsoft’s Windows Phone which seems like a great way to endorse an app.

But overall, those “thousands of dollars in prizes for the developers of the 64 apps that get selected, including a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone and a one-year free Dev Center subscription” definitely sound tempting.

source: Next App Star via Tech Crunch

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posted on 15 Jan 2013, 07:27 7

1. Kurdphone (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

Good job windowsphone . Love my Nokia Lumia 920.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 08:14

2. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

There's not many problems in the world you can't fix by throwing more money at it..but there is a rare few.

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 12:22

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Probably hoping for 15000 Apps every 37.5 hours after seeing RIM notch up that number in 37.5 hrs ...

posted on 15 Jan 2013, 14:43

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

So I'll get a couple cool new apps out of this but they'll probably only be on windows. Therefore I won't be able to use them with all my friends with android and ios. Great.

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