Build apps and win big with Windows 8 App generator

10th Dec 2012 | 12:50

Build apps and win big with Windows 8 App generator

£40k worth of prizes up for grabs

Windows 8 has arrived, and if you develop apps, with the Windows Store opening its doors, you now have hundreds of millions of potential consumers at your fingertips. So it's the perfect time to start developing for the Windows 8 platform - and Future Publishing has partnered with Microsoft to offer an added incentive: £40,000 worth of incredible prizes to be won!

Interested? Whether you already have a live app in the Windows Store or you're building - or even just thinking about building - an app, all you need to do is register here. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you'll be entered into the draws and competition.

Never built a Windows app before? Not a problem! This site will provide you with all the information, tools and help you'll need to get started, and publish. You don't even need to learn a new language. For example, you can build Windows 8 apps with HTML & CSS if you're a web developer; or Objective-C, Cocoa Touch and XCode, if you're familiar with building apps for Apple's devices.

Windows 8: what's all the fuss about?

Windows 8 is a completely reimagined version of the Windows operating system that brings apps to the core of the user experience. Your app can take advantage of unique features like Live Tiles, Contracts and Cloud Services to design experiences that engage with consumers in exciting new ways.

Windows Store apps sell in more than 200 markets, with support for local currencies in over 120 countries, and you can localise your apps in more than 100 languages. There's full platform support for free apps, trials and paid apps, including in-app purchases. The revenue share base is 70 per cent, but when your app achieves $25,000 USD in revenue - aggregated across all sales in every market - that moves to 80 per cent revenue share.

So there's a world of financial reward awaiting developers willing to dip a toe into the Windows 8 revolution. And if you need an extra reason, don't forget about all the great prizes!

Want to win BIG prizes?

Whether you're an experienced Windows developer or a newcomer to the platform, there's an incredible range of prizes to be won - and EVERYONE who enters has a chance to win. As well as prizes for the Ten Best Apps and the overall Grand Prize winner, there are also 28 daily draws, where winners will be randomly chosen to receive some fantastic prizes. All you need to do is register here, either with a live app in the Windows Store or with an app you are building - or even just thinking about building. And as soon as your app is available for download in the Windows Store, you'll be entered into the draws and competition.

Here's exactly what you could win:

- In the Daily Prize Draw, there are 28 amazing 32GB Windows tablets to be won - that's one lucky prize winner, each day, for four whole weeks.

- In the Winter Prize Draw, there's a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera up for grabs.

- Each of the Best App Finalists will win a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone.

- The Grand Prize winner will also win a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera.

We will make daily checks in the Windows Store for all the apps and publishers registered for the competition and will enter each app from the day it is live. If you want to double check that we have your app entered, please email marsha.jackson@futurenet.com when your app is live and we will confirm your entry.

1. Daily Prize Draw

Let's be honest here. The problem with competition closing dates is that, like all deadlines, they're easy to miss - especially in the run-up to Christmas. That's why Microsoft is offering an added incentive to encourage you to submit your Windows 8 app ahead of time. Quite simply, the earlier you get your entry in, the more chances you'll have of winning an amazing 32GB Windows 8 tablet!

How does it work? Well, submit your entry on any day between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December and as soon as your app is in the Windows Store you'll automatically be entered into the following day's Daily Prize Draw. And if you don't win that day, you'll be entered into the next day's draw, and the next and the next…

Each day's winner will be picked at random, and there are 28 of these top-flight tablets begging to be won. So what are you waiting for?

2. Winter Prize Draw

If the idea hasn't yet sunk in, let's make it absolutely clear: Microsoft is REALLY keen to get app developers to enter this competition, and is offering an incredible range of prizes to get you building and submitting your Windows 8 apps.

So to up the ante a little further, all entries submitted between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December will be eligible for the Winter Prize Draw as well as the Daily Prize Draw. And this prize is definitely not to be sniffed at - it's an amazing bundle of tech including a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera.

As with the Daily Prize Draw, the winner of the Winter Prize Draw will be chosen entirely at random. So as long as your published app is validated by Microsoft, you have a chance of winning this fabulous prize.

3. The Ten Best Apps/Grand Final Winner

Okay, this is the big one. If your Windows 8 app gets selected by our panel of judges as one of our Top Ten, you'll be looking at fame, glory and a fabulous prize bundle of incredible tech!

And believe us, these are prizes you'll WANT to win. Each of our Ten Best Apps winners will get (deep breath)… a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Phone! So there's no time to lose.

For the Grand Final, you have until 16th January to get your Windows 8 app done, dusted, published and submitted to the Windows Store. Then it's in the hands of the judges. Our expert panel will include some of the leading journalists from Future Publishing's range of print and online magazines covering design and technology, which include .net, Computer Arts and Tech Radar to name but a few.

Finally, one entry will become our overall Grand Final winner. Getting that level of industry recognition would be reward enough. But to make victory all the sweeter, the overall winner will go home with an added prize bundle - a Dell Workstation, a Wacom 24 HD Tablet and a 16GB Lytro Camera. Not too shabby!

General Terms and Conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY: This Competition is open to individuals registered in the Windows Store as a UK developer who are 16 years of age or older at the time of registration. Eligible developers who register for this Competition are referred to throughout these Terms and Conditions as Competitors.

2. TO ENTER: To enter this Competition you must register as a Competitor during the Competition Period as described below.

- To register as a Competitor you must submit your Full Name, Publisher Name, preferred email address (if different from your LiveID), and a phone number through our web site here, during the Competition Period.

- The Publisher Name must be the Publisher Name associated with the Microsoft Developer Services Account LiveID for the registration to be valid.

- Once you have registered as a Competitor each Application published in the Windows Store while the Competition is open represents one (1) Valid Entry into the Competition. Existing apps and updates will be counted as a Valid Entry.

- IMPORTANT: Please note, the date of the Valid Entry will be the date when the Application is published in the Windows Store, not the date when it is submitted. There is a time delay of several days between when you submit an Application and it being published in the Windows Store. Applications submitted may be rejected by the certification process and will consequently require updating and resubmitting before being published. If an Application is rejected Microsoft will inform you via email. A rejected Application is not a Valid Entry and will not be entered into the Competition.

- To publish an Application in Store and for it to qualify as a Valid Entry, you must have an account.

Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Future Publishing. Valid Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and Future reserves the right to disqualify anyone that it deems to be in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

Each Valid Entry to this Competition enters you into the following:

- Daily Prize Draw - detailed Terms and Conditions below

- Winter Prize Draw - detailed Terms and Conditions below

- Ten Best Apps/Grand Final Winner - detailed Terms and conditions below

Daily Prize Draw

The competition is open to individuals registered in the Windows Store as UK developers only. All entries submitted between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December 2012 will be eligible for the Daily Prize Draw.

Your entry must be submitted by 3.30pm to be eligible for the following day's prize draw. You must supply the app publisher's name and email address when completing the competition entry form to be eligible for any element of this competition. The app publisher's name and email address will be sent to Microsoft for verification. All competition entrants will be validated by Microsoft to confirm the app is live in the Windows 8 Store before the prize draw takes place. Future Publishing will choose the Daily Prize Draw winner at random based on this validated list.

The winner of each Daily Prize Draw will be announced on this website within two weeks. Entries received on Saturday and Sunday will be submitted for verification on the following Monday.

Entrants can win only one daily prize in total. Entries submitted between 21st and 24th December 2012 will be chosen and notified no later than 14th January 2013.

Winter Prize Draw

The competition is open to individuals registered in the Windows Store as UK developers only. All entries submitted between 26th November and 3.30pm on 24th December 2012 will be eligible for the Winter Prize Draw.

You must supply the app publisher's name and email address when completing the competition entry form to be eligible for any element of this competition. The app publisher's name and email address will be sent to Microsoft for verification. All competition entrants will be validated by Microsoft to confirm the app is live in the market before the prize draw takes place.

Future will choose the Winter Prize Draw winner at random based on this validated list. The winner will be drawn during the week of the 14th January 2013 and will be chosen at random from all of the Daily Prize Draw entries received by 3.30pm on the 24th December 2012.

Ten Best Apps/Grand Final Winner

The competition is open to individuals registered in the Windows Store as UK developerss only. All entries submitted up to and including the 16th January will be eligible for the Ten Best Apps competition.

You must supply the app publisher's name and email address when completing the competition entry form to be eligible for any element of this competition. The app publisher's name and email address will be sent to Microsoft for verification.

Entries for the Ten Best Apps will be sent to Microsoft for verification. The winner will be announced on this site after the closing date, 16th January, once verification is received from Microsoft. Entries received on Saturday and Sunday will be submitted for verification on the following Monday.

Entrants can win only one prize in the Ten Best Apps competition. All competition entrants will be validated by Microsoft to confirm the app is live in the market before the prize is allocated. All entries will be eligible for the Best App Competition. The closing date for this element of the competition is 16th January 2013.

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