Several weeks ago, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft brought its Windows Phone Next App Star contest to the public, so as to enable users to vote for their favorite apps on Facebook, with 64 entries available to choose from.On Friday, the company announced that only 16 apps remain in the competition, and that there are only ten days left until the winner is decided.
Unique applications have entered the competition, and users interested in helping those that appeal to them most to star in the next Windows Phone advert are encouraged to cast their votes in the next several days.
“We started with 64 finalists (32 paid and 32 free apps), out of 9,000 entrants from 79 markets, and you’ve narrowed the field to 16 apps with head-to-head, bracket-style voting,” Microsoft’s Emilio Salvador Prieto notes in a blog post.
“To date, over half a million total votes have been cast and we expect the excitement to rise as we enter the final ten days.”
The contest will end on April 8, 2013, and users who will vote for their favorite apps are also offered the chance to win a Nokia Lumia 920 device (one such smartphone is offered each day until the competition closes, Microsoft announced).
“As an added incentive, we’re giving away a Nokia Lumia 920 every day as part of our voter sweepstakes through the last day of the contest, April 8, 2013, so keep coming back and vote in every round,” Emilio Salvador Prieto reiterated.
Match-ups of applications going head-to-head to win fan votes and enter the next round will be presented to users in the remaining timeframe, he also unveiled.
Four more rounds are left until April 8, it seems. As Prieto puts it, “this is still a wide-open contest to see who will be named the grand prize winner.”