Windows 8 App Competition: Awards night report

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It’s been a thrilling three months for Windows 8 developers up and down the country, as they’ve gone head-to-head in a prestigious app-building competition run by Microsoft in association with Future Publishing – the home of such well-known digital media brands as Tech Radar, .net magazine and Creative Bloq.

The contest, which offered a range of amazing prizes worth a total of £40,000, reached its heady climax on the evening of 7th February. Entrants travelled to London with friends and family for a glittering awards ceremony, where prizes were given out for the top 10 shortlisted apps and the overall Grand Prize winner.

The awards night, which took place at London’s Modern Jago, showcased the high standard of apps currently being developed for Windows 8. Developers are keen to build apps for the platform, as they can now take advantage of unique features such as Live Tiles, Contracts and SkyDrive to design experiences that engage with millions of consumers in exciting new ways. And the apps on show, including everything from social media clients to music apps, creative games and beyond - demonstrated the huge range of possibilities Windows 8 offers.

The judging panel featured representatives from Future’s leading design and technology titles, including the Digital Design Group's editor-in-chief Dan Oliver, Creative Bloq's Craig Stewart, .net magazine editor Oliver Lindberg, and Computer Arts editor Nick Carson. Rounding out the panel was deputy editor of Tech Radar Dan Grabham, who has been using and writing about Windows 8 since the early developer preview build.

All were extremely impressed with the high quality of entries to the competition, with an imaginative mix of those that had kept to the style guide for Windows 8-style apps and those who had taken Windows apps to a new level.

But there could only be ten shortlisted winners and one overall winner. These were introduced by Tim O’Brien, who leads the platform strategy group in Developer & Platform Evangelism at Microsoft, and has been at the forefront of the company’s cloud efforts since 2005. The winners were handed their gongs by Declan Gough, publisher of Future's Digital Design Group, and the night was rounded off with a thank-you speech by Anna Kinney, director of Microsoft’s Live@edu program.

You can find out who the victors were and learn about their winning apps here.