Microsoft hosts global workshops for Windows 8 app developers
Software giant Microsoft Corporation held application development workshops at 110 locations to teach app developers how to design applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems. The main objective of Microsoft behind holding this global workshop is to make the software ecosystems for its Windows 8 operating system and Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system richer.
A total of 13,500 developers were registered to attend the one-day even named ‘Gen Appathon’. The Windows 8 app developers got a chance to listen to presentations made by Microsoft staff and independent developers. In addition to this, the app developers also received hands-on training on creating apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The app designers also got the chance to get their apps judged by the team of Microsoft officials.
The attendees displayed an eclectic mix of application ideas, which include one app that teaches users how to play music to another designed to help the user combat jet lag. The music teaching app is called RodisMusic, which teaches the user online how to play piano or violin. The app also provides feedback by analyzing how well the user performed the piece compared to how it should be played.
The app to fight jet lag is named StopJetLag, which runs on Windows Phone 8 devices, provides long distance travelers with advice on how to control jet lag by eating or taking caffeine at the right times, when to get exposed to bright light and when to avoid it. StopJetLag uses the Live Tile to remind the passenger what to do as they cross from one time zone to another in flight.
The ‘Appathon’ also devoted time to training developers to build Windows Azure cloud applications.