Last week Vivek Narasimhan (Product Marketing Manager for Office and SharePoint) announced the app contest in the official Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog for developers.

The app contest?

Yes! The app contest is open to developers who have a great idea for an app for Office or an app for SharePoint. Prizes include $10,000 cash, Xbox + Kinect, and other Microsoft hardware. Submit your entry by 12/20/2012 to participate.

If you have ideas but need some guidance about apps, learn more about building apps at dev.office.com . And you can get useful apps for Office and SharePoint samples.

Tip: You don't even need to install SharePoint or Visual Studio to start building apps. You can start right away by signing up for an Office 365 Developer Site and installing the "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools!

For more information, visit Apps for Office and SharePoint Developer Contest and follow us on the Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog.