Windows 8, Microsoft’s next operating system version, is nearing its official launch, and the Redmond-based software giant is making sure that there are enough applications available for its users to enjoy when that happens.
Of course, we’re referring here to apps that have been designed specifically for the Windows 8 Modern UI, which will be distributed via the company’s Windows Store.
Over 1,000 apps are already available in the portal
and many more are expected to emerge before the Windows 8 platform
hits general availability.
In an attempt to stir up developers’ interest in the operating system, Microsoft has announced a new challenge in Australia, unveiling that no less than 50 Windows RT tablets would be offered as prizes in it.
According to Istartedsomething
, attendees of the Microsoft TechEd Australia 2012 conference will get the chance to grab one of these tablets, as long as they submit three Windows 8 apps to the Windows Store by October 1st.
The contest totals $50,000 AUD in prizes – 50 x Windows RT tablets worth $1,000 each – and has kicked off today, September 10.
Developers interested in entering the challenge will have to create an Australian Windows Store account, come up with three apps for Windows 8, complete a virtual lab session and email Microsoft Australia with their apps.
“Simply be one of the first 50 Developers who attend AppFest & TechEd to build and register 3 apps for Windows 8
by 1 October 2012, have them approved and published by October 26, to get a Windows 8 RT device to the value of AUD $1,000,” Microsoft notes.
The tablets will be awarded to the 50 developers who first submit the aforementioned applications. The devices will be sent to these app builders by November 30, 2012.
Microsoft hasn’t provided specific info on which device will be awarded to developers, but there is a good chance that it will be a Surface RT tablet. You can learn more info on the challenge via this page
on Microsoft’s website.