Game on! Win big prizes in the app contest

Earlier this week we opened the doors to the Office Store. Today, we are announcing the launch of our developer contest to select the best apps for Office and SharePoint. There are big prizes to be won—from a $10,000 grand prize to Xbox + Kinect bundles. Key app winners will also be featured on the Office Store. Read more about how you can participate at

Grand Prize
A) A $10,000 cash prize
B) App gets featured on the Office Store
C) App gets featured on the apps for Office Microsoft blog
D) Opportunity to meet with a Microsoft executive
E) 3 days of app consultation with a Microsoft Program Manager

First Prize (15 winners): The top 15 apps (5 each per category: Office,SharePoint and 3rd party APIs) will win

A) Xbox + Kinect
B) App gets featured on the Office Store
C) App gets featured on the apps for Office Microsoft blog

Second Prize (100 winners): The next 100 apps will win a Microsoft Mouse or equivalent hardware


Amaze a potential audience of a billion people and win big prizes. Game on!

Comments (11)

  1. Edgar says:

    Currently the contest is only open to some countries. I live in Germany and the whole Europe is not included. Will we have an european version of this contest? I would love to participate!

  2. Hey Edgar, thanks for your interest in the contest. Currently, the contest is only open to participants from the US, UK, India, Canada and Australia. We have a lot of developers in other countries and are eager to roll something out to other geographies in the future. In the meantime you can start submitting apps to the Office Store by visiting

  3. Edgar says:

    Thanks for the info!

  4. Marco says:

    Hey Vivek, I live in Canada and the contest exclude the residents of Quebec!!! How about that!

    The contest is NOT opened to all residents of Canada. This is getting very annoying.

  5. Hi Marco, thanks for your interest in the contest. You are right, the contest is currently not open to residents of Quebec. We will be launching broader programs in the future as we rollout our outreach across more geographies. The Office Store though is currently open for developers from Quebec. You can visit today and submit apps to be listed on the Office Store. We hope to see your apps on the Store soon 🙂

  6. kathy says:

    How do you sign up for the contest?

  7. Hi Kathy, you need to first build an app and submit it on the Office Store. Then, you can fill out and submit the Entry form to participate in the contest. More information on rules and registration, as well as the Entry form, are available here:

    Thank you!

  8. Halldór Hrafn says:

    I can't even use the sellerdashboard! Please support a proper list of countries.

    P.s. I'm from Iceland.

  9. Rob says:

    If I build an App and submit it for the contest, do I still get to keep ownership of the App? When it sells on the App Store do I still get to keep my 80%? Or does Microsoft own it now?

  10. Rob, thanks for your interest. Entering your app into the contest does not change any terms or ownership of the app. You will continue to own the app and earn 80% on app revenue

  11. Keith Tuomi says:

    Are the results of this contest out yet? The official rules state the winners would be announced on or about January 30th. 🙂