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October 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Microsoft schedules November worldwide Windows hackathon

Microsoft has opened registration for WOWZAPP 2012, a hackathon for Windows that is taking place Nov. 9-11 in more than 30 locations around the world.

This is the first year Microsoft is hosting a worldwide hackathon though the company hosts local hackathons and development camps to encourage developer interest in creating programs and applications for Windows.

Boosting developer interest is even more vital now with the launch of Windows 8 on Oct. 26. Windows 8 is a radical overhaul of Microsoft’s flagship operating system and new apps for the platform are critical, as one version of Windows 8 — Windows RT, which runs on ARM-based devices — will not be able to run legacy Windows apps.

WOWZAPP 2012 is geared toward students, developers and entrepreneurs kwho are interested in developing Windows Store apps using Windows 8.

More information and registration material can be found here.

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