It’s been an incredibly exciting year. Since last year’s //Build conference, nearly half a million developers, designers and entrepreneurs from more than 80 countries have started building great, high-quality, Windows 8 apps. To build these apps, they’ve taken advantage of many of the tools, training, and breadth of resources that we’ve made available. With the recent grand opening of Windows Store in more than 200 markets and 100 languages around the world, the Windows Store already has many fantastic apps. Many more are on the way—such as apps from ESPN, Twitter and Dropbox.
We believe the Store is a tremendous opportunity not just for established software development companies, but for individuals and startups that have the creativity and ambition to build great, next-generation apps. We have a number of programs designed for startups and just recently built on our partnership with RocketSpace with the first Windows Store App Lab.
Whether you have an app in progress or a set of design ideas you want to advance, we designed our Windows Store App Labs to provide you with in-depth technical guidance and leading design assistance to get your app launched in the Windows Store. The labs are free and are being offered in over 30 technology and design hubs around the world—including San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, and Bangalore.
We’re excited about these opportunities to help startups and developers create incredible apps. App builders can either drop in or register to attend a Windows Store App Lab for a guaranteed four-hour slot.