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The current economic downturn is putting many entrepreneurs under increasing pressure, making it critical to find new resources and ways to reduce costs and inefficiencies at the same time growing the business. Windows 7 will create new market opportunities for software vendors to build richer application experience with more natural user interaction like Windows touch (ink, gesture support and handwriting recognition), new taskbar, rich animation framework and extensible ribbon. Windows 7 provides a solid development platform and innovative tools as well as providing the best of Windows and the web by enabling rich web experience and extending web services to client applications.

The incubation week will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn and build next generation application on Windows 7 platform with the help of on-site advisors.
  • Listen and learn from experts about successful ventures and legal issues
  • Generate marketing buzz for your ideas
  • Create potential opportunity and exposure to be highlighted at the Windows 7 launch

We are inviting nominations for the incubation week from startups interested in building Windows 7 applications that targets the following scenarios:

  • Windows touch( ink, multi-touch gesture support, handwriting recognition) applications
  • Sensor network applications(GPS, light, motion)
  • Rich client/animation applications

The Windows 7 Incubation Week will be held at Microsoft Technology Center, Irvine, CA from Mon 4/27/2009 to Fri 5/01/2009. This event consists of ½ day of training, 3 ½ days of active prototype/development time, and a final day for packaging/finishing and reporting out to a panel of judges for various prizes.

This event is a no-fee event (plan your own travel expenses) and each team can bring 3 participants (1 business and 1-2 technical). To nominate your team, please submit the following details to Suresh Sreedharan or Woody Pewitt. Nominations will be judged according to the strength of the founding team, originality and creativity of the idea, and ability to leverage Windows 7 Platform.

Organization Details

  • Name
  • Web Site URL
  • Mailing Address
  • Solution Overview
  • Target Industry
  • Company Size and Year Founded

Team Details (for each of 3 participants)

  • Name
  • Brief BIO
  • Email
  • Phone

You may also want to enroll in the recently launched Microsoft BizSpark, an exciting new offering that enables software startups to leverage Microsoft development and platform technologies to deliver next generation web and Software + Services applications. For details see here.

For more details on Windows 7, visit Windows 7 MSDN site