As you likely know Windows 8 is coming in the near future. You can download, use it, and even develop apps for it today. At this point in time the Windows Store is not open for everyone to deploy, but we are looking for the first wave of great applications which highlight the power of Metro and Windows 8, especially those developers that want to get to market first and build the awareness and brand for their applications.

In order to submit your application today you need a token which is something I can help you get.

What do you need to do to get a token? Well I’ll tell ya.

  1. Create a great application or game and get it ready.
  2. Let me know about it by contacting me: stevenl@microsoft.com
  3. I’ll help you register so you can get your application through our Application Accelerator Labs where the app will get reviewed to confirm it is done and conforms to the Metro guidelines and certification requirements.

This is a great opportunity to not only be first to market with your app, but also to get feedback from a Microsoft Services Engineer to make your app great. If you are serious about creating an application this is a chance that you probably don’t want to pass up.

In addition, my extended team is holding a series of events and office hours to help you – they want to make sure you have what you need to be successful. You can come learn more about how to build apps for Windows 8 or show up and build your app with one of our evangelists or others in your community available to help you if you need it. You can find more information here:

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See below for upcoming developer camps and accelerator labs (click on the link on the city to register!):

Windows Developer Camps

Windows Application Accelerator Labs

So, do you want to build the next great Windows 8 app, first?