Having just completed the Windows Phone 8 JumpStart, you might think I would be totally focused on helping our developer community to incorporate some of the great Windows Phone 8 features into their phone apps. Well I am Smile – but we also want to focus on the great opportunities awaiting Windows Phone developers if you port your Windows Phone app to Windows 8. As published Windows Phone app developers, you are well-placed with the skills and knowledge of app building you need to create great Windows 8 apps. If your Windows Phone app would work well on a Windows 8 slate or tablet, think about porting your app to Windows 8 now, and you could win great prizes in a promotion we are running up to Christmas!

The Windows Store is open and a new opportunity is here. This is perfect for you as a Windows Phone app builder as you can create even more immersive app experiences, reach more people on more devices, and make more money on your terms. Richard Walter’s Calculator2 app on Windows 8 is now approaching 100,000 downloads after porting it from Windows Phone. More importantly, you already have the development skills needed to make the most of Windows 8. Check out the resources to get started or drop your details and register for a free consultation about building a Windows 8 app. You can port your Windows Phone 7.1 Silverlight apps to Windows 8 XAML, and if you have a game built with XNA you can port those to Windows 8 using MonoGame – see this blog post series for details on how to do that.

If you publish your Windows Phone app on to Windows 8 Store before 25th December 2012, you will go into an exclusive prize draw where you will have the chance to win one of 2 x ASUS VivoTab RT slates. Simply drop an email to ukmsdn@microsoft.com with your contact details and the URL & screenshot of your app in the Windows Store and you will get in the draw. If you can publish more than one app then you increase your chances of winning as you can have one entry per app. Note that terms and conditions apply (see link at the end of this post).

Furthermore, if you get a Windows 8 app in store before Christmas Day (25 Dec, 2012), you will get additional chances of winning great prizes including Windows 8 Slates and PCs. Click here to learn more. We are giving away one amazing 32 GB Windows tablets every day up to Christmas – that’s one lucky winner drawn at random from those who publish a Windows 8 app during this period. We also have the best app competition where 10 x finalists will walk away with a Windows 8 Ultrabook, a Windows tablet and Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 device.

I hope you can take advantage of this new and significant opportunity to take your apps from Windows Phone to Windows 8.

Andy