Windows 8 App Camp Now Online - Watch today to learn how to build apps!

The very successful Gulf Windows 8 App Camp is now available to you on our YouTube MS Gulf Community Channel!  By watching this recording you'll have the opportunity to learn how to build amazing Windows 8 apps.  Watch it again and again while you build your own app!

The speaker leading this session in Dubai comes from the Microsoft Corportate office in Redmond, USA.  Michael Platt is the a Senior Director in the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group and leads the definition and provision of strategic technical evangelism support for Microsoft Corporation in Cloud Computing and Devices in the Consumer Industry. In this role he has worked on the developer tools, languages and support of Mobile Phones, Embedded systems, Games systems, Stores and Marketplaces and most recently Tablets.  He as over 35 years experience in the industry and 18 years experience at Microsoft.

The new Windows 8 App competition is also announced...if you're a developer who resides in the UAE, see how you can WIN A SAMSUNG WINDOWS 8 TABLET!   Deadline for submission: June 25, 2012.

To watch the Windows 8 App Camp click on the links below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Good luck with your Windows 8 app! 




Full Terms and Conditions of Windows 8 App Competition

This is a skill-based Contest and chance plays no part in the determination of the winner(s). The object of this Contest is to create a Windows 8 application using Visual Studio 11 software development tools and submit it to Microsoft via email at: This Contest starts at 12:01 AM [Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”)] on March 29, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PM [GMT] on June 25, 2012 (“Entry Period”). Entries must be received within the Entry Period to be eligible. 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A fully developed and operational Windows 8 app that has been developed using Visual Studio 11 and submitted it to Microsoft via email at: with a paragraph description of the functionality of the software application along with one of the following: (1) attached screenshots explaining the functionality of each page of the software application or (2) attach a video that demonstrates the functionality of each page of the software application. 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