The wait is over. It all starts here. Meet Windows 8. Meet Surface. If you’re watching the webcams on Time Square right now, you’ll see everyone celebrating in and around the Microsoft Store. If they are celebrating, we shall celebrate as well!

Here’s how we’re going to do it.

  1. Register for your Windows Store developer account. To make the registration process quick and painless, check out Get In on the Action: Start With Your Windows Store Developer Account.
  2. When you get your “Windows Store: Welcome!” account registration confirmation email, forward it to win8cdn@microsoft.com.

Be one of the first 150 Canadians to do so and you’ll receive a Tim Horton’s card* to not only celebrate, but also ensure that you have energy to pump out an app or two!

But that’s only the beginning. The Canadian Developer Connection app is already on it’s way to the Windows Store!

Get the latest Canadian developer news and technical resources. Watch the latest episodes of featured developer shows and on-demand videos from events and workshops. Be in the know of upcoming developer events in your area or online. Connect with directly with the Microsoft Canada team that supports developers like you in Canada. All in one place and directly from the source – the Canadian Developer Connection. Here’s a few sneak peaks at the app:

Main View Part 1

Main View Part 2

Main View Part 3

Stay tuned for the full details on the app on the upcoming D³: LIVE & INTERACTIVE, November 7 at 12:00 PM ET, where we'll be talking about imagination, pure imagination. The list of new products and technologies launching is endless. The conference that covers it all is BUILD 2012. Be in the know of all that’s going on with this BUILD debrief. Plus: There’s something BRUTALLY EPIC coming November 24-25. Tommy Lee dishes the details.

See you then. In the meantime, back to celebrations!

 

* The first 150 individuals that register for a Windows Store developer account are eligible to receive one (1) $10 Tim Hortons gift card. (There is a cost associated with signing up for a Windows Store developer account.) This offer is good only in Canada. The offer ends on December 31, 2012 or when 150 gift cards have been distributed. In order to be eligible for the gift, you must forward your registration confirmation e-mail with the subject line “Windows Store: Welcome!” to win8cdn@microsoft.com by the offer end date. The e-mail must clearly show your first and last name and that you have received the registration confirmation e-mail from winstore@microsoft.com. Any reproduced, copied, simulated or fake e-mail message is prohibited and is grounds for disqualification from this offer.  Limit one (1) gift per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer and is not redeemable for cash. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Any gift returned as non-deliverable will not be re-sent. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of your gift. We reserve the right to substitute a gift of equal or greater value.

Photo credit: Mark Martin