Publish an app in the Windows Store or the Windows Phone Store and win crazy prizes/get store registration refunded!

Win the Ultimate Gaming Experience

Win the Ultimate Gaming Experience. First, register at  Then, publish your app to the Windows Store and/or Windows Phone Store between December 20, 2012 through February 28, 2013 and qualify for the following rewards:

  1. A store registration reimbursement† AND a copy of Halo 4 for Xbox 360!
  2. A chance to win one of 12 Xbox 360 consoles with Kinect. The more apps you enter, the more chances you'll have to win.
  3. The Grand Prize: Three devs with the best apps will win an ultimate backstage pass to Microsoft Studios and spend the day with the Windows 8 Games Studios team—makers of Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and XBOX-enabled games!

The full details and registration are at

Want some help getting started?   Get help building an app in 30 days at  There are various learning paths that you can choose, including Windows 8 Apps, Windows 8 Games, Windows Phone 8 Apps, Web Technologies, and App Frameworks.  You will receive:

  • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 and Windows Phone application development.  You will receive step-by-step instructions on how to move forward with developing a polished app! 
  • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 and Windows Phone expert*.
  • An exclusive one-on-one Windows UI style design consultation*.
  • An opportunity to test your app with qualified experts an App Lab.

I would have *loved* to receive a free design consultation on my apps!  That extra degree of polish and professionalism definitely helps drive downloads.  Get started at


† Current Windows Store and Windows Phone Store subscribers, members of DreamSpark, BizSpark, or MSDN are not eligible. Reimbursement will be awarded in the form of a Gift Card ($49 for Windows Store or $99 for Windows Phone Store). Limit one (1) reimbursement per Store per person. For full details, eligibility, and entry deadlines, see Official Rules.

* Offer good only to legal residents in the 50 United States & D.C. age 18 or older to hobbyists, professionals or developers in the field of software tech who sign up for building a Windows 8 application on Offer limited to 250 design consultations per month and 500 technical review consultations per month, on a first come first served basis. Limit of one session of each offer type per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer ends when supplies are exhausted, and is not redeemable for cash.