Microsoft launched a new contest involving Internet Explorer 10, the default browser of Windows 8, the next generation of the Windows client.
Some web developers are bound to be familiar with the 10K Apart challenge that was brought to them by the MIX Online team in collaboration with An Event Apart.
Well, the duo is back, this time with 10K Apart: The Responsive Edition, putting a new spin on the Cloud application development contest, even though the main challenge is still pretty much the same, devs need to build the best app they can using no more than 10K of code.
“As the title indicates, this year’s 10K contest requires that your applications be “reasonably responsive” (yes, it’s vague by design),” said Nishant Kothary
, cofounder and Creative Director of MIX Online, adding that “We felt it best to leave some wiggle room to encourage new discoveries.”
The 10K Apart: The Responsive Edition
website is live and devs can already submit their applications. Participants have until September 12th to enter the contest. It might be a very good idea for them to read the official rules first though
According to Microsoft, the size of the submission package cannot exceed 10K, but this is 10K zipped, so the size of the unzipped pack can be larger without any problems. Furthermore, all usage of approved libraries will not be counted against the 10K limit. All the apps need to do in order to qualify for a chance at the prizes is be responsive.
Another important detail is that the apps should function in Internet Explorer Platform Preview 2, but not just in IE10 PP2
but also in the latest Firefox and Webkit-based browser (either Chrome or Safari) releases.
Microsoft is offering 10K in prizes:
“Grand Prize: Best Overall App - Registration to any AEA Event, $3000 Visa Cash Card, Responsive Web Design book and Adaptive Web Design book.
3 Runners Up Best Design, Technical, People’s Choice - Registration to any AEA Event, $1000 Visa Cash Card, Responsive Web Design book and Adaptive Web Design book.
9 Honorable Mentions - Responsive Web Design book and Adaptive Web Design book.” Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Platform Preview 2 (PP2) Build 10.0.1008.16421 is available for download here.
Windows Internet Explorer 9 RTW for Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1 is available for download here.