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CONTEST: You need a Windows Phone 7 App? Tell Microsoft and Win!
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 07.06.10 - 23:55:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10054x
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Are you ready for Windows Phone 7 later this year but need an app for it while you are not a developer at all? Tell Microsoft and win! Microsoft is holding a contest where you can pitch Microsoft of the dream app you are waiting for. And if it gets the votes, Microsoft will build your app and make it available on Marketplace as a free download for Windows Phone 7 shortly after its "Holiday 2010" launch. All you have to do is grabbing your camcorder, camera phone of flexing your writing skills and get creative. Send your ideas to Microsoft and win US$ 5,000 - a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone and the glory of having your app in the Marketplace without being a developer!

Your entry should include a video no more than 90 seconds in length or a written submission of no more than 1000 words. All Submissions must be created by the contestant and must be original work of authorship of the Contestant, and not previously published. Submissions should describe the functionality of the mobile application the entrant would like Microsoft to develop for free download on Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. No word yet if this contest is open to U.S. Americans only or also open to the rest of the world. Anyway, for further information, head over to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 site

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by heliod on 08.06.10 - 06:33:14

Unfortunately the contest is only for people living in the US.

Posted by appubator on 08.06.10 - 18:08:46

appubator, inc. Suggests Users Think Twice Before Participating in Microsoft's 'App' Contest

This week, Microsoft announced a contest called "Hey Windows Phone, I Need This App". This contest offers a $5,000 prize to the person who's idea for a new Windows Phone application receives the most votes from the general public.

We at appubator, inc. want to suggest that people think twice before participating in this contest. While a $5,000 prize sounds attractive, there are many drawbacks to your participation.

1) Your great idea for a new smartphone app is no longer yours and out in the open for people to copy.

2) Microsoft is only commiting to develop one mobile app from the hundreds or thousands submitted.

3) No matter how successful your idea is, you will not participate in the revenue that your app provides above the $5,000 prize.

4) Your idea is limited to a single smartphone platform. More than 80% of US smartphone users are on other devices than Windows Phone and you're now missing the opportunity to make money from an app idea for those platforms.

We'd like to suggest instead that you visit our website at Unlike the Windows Phone contest:

1) appubator allows you to keep control of your 'app ideas' by keeping them confidential. Just register at and securely submit your idea to our evaluation team where it remains yours regardless if it is accepted for development.

2) appubator will develop as many apps as there are commercially viable ideas submitted. With appubator, we develop a significant % of the apps that are submitted (not just one as MS suggests in their contest). We've had over 300 submissions so far and have 35 apps under contract / development.

3) While appubator cannot pay $5,000 upfront to one lucky winner, we fund 100% of the app's development and sign a contract that gives each submitter 30% of future revenues.

4) We look to release apps based on approved ideas for all major smartphone platforms in addtion to Windows Phone. This increases the chances for the app to succeed and generate more money for you.

The Microsoft contest is certainly fun and a great way to see your name in lights.

On the other hand, if you'd prefer to have more control of how your ideas are used and want to make real money from the exploiding economy around mobile software and smartphones, be sure to come and visit apppubator at

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