Elevate your app with the Windows 8 | Elite Programme. As an Elite member, you will be invited to exclusive networking and training events as well as opportunities to enhance the discoverability, quality and business value of your Windows 8 app. Receive your invite to Windows 8 | Elite programme by publishing your Windows 8 to store prior to the global Windows 8 launch (26 Oct 2012). Learn how you can do that with free resources and support here.

Windows 8 | Elite Benefits

As a member of the Windows 8 | Elite programme, you will have the chance to be part of an exclusive community and gain access to training and events which will enhance the value of your app. You will have access to the following benefits.

  • An exclusive welcome pack containing a welcome letter from our managing director plus welcome gifts to get you nicely settled into the programme.
  • Exclusive invitation to the Windows 8 Launch App Developer Event in the UK.
  • Exclusive invitation to the Windows 8 Launch Party in the UK.
  • Weekly updates from the team featuring the latest announcements and events which will be relevant to you.
  • Invitation to exclusive networking events featuring industry leading speakers (e.g. Ignite series of events).
  • Promotional opportunities via MSDN UK Flash bi-weekly newsletters, tweets, blogs to highlight your app to an engaged audience of 60,000.
  • Showcase opportunities via the new Windows 8 App newsletter.
  • Invitation to Windows 8 technical training events (in person and online).
  • Invitation to Windows 8 UX & design training events (in person and online).
  • Invitation to Windows 8 business development training events (in person and online).
  • The chance to win the opportunity to meet with Steve Ballmer at the Windows 8 UK Launch Event.
  • Promotional opportunities for your Windows 8 app via the Official Windows 8 magazine through nomination. 
  • Promotional opportunities for your Windows 8 app via the Windows Store through nomination.
  • Promotional opportunities for your Windows 8 app via Microsoft UK channels.
  • The opportunity to be invited to The Hub in East London where digital artists and consultants can work with you to enhance your Windows 8 app.
  • Get the opportunity to speak/represent your Windows 8 App at Microsoft and Industry events.
  • Get the chance to be nominated for Windows Phone 8 porting/migration programme.

Earning your spot in Windows 8 |  Elite

  1. Build a great Windows 8 app (learn how)
  2. Submit & publish your app to the Windows Store by 26 Oct 2012
  3. Accept your personal invitation to the Windows 8 Elite Programme

Getting started is easy as we are offering unprecedented support to UK developers interested in Windows 8 app development through a diverse selection of online resources as well as live and in person DevCamps & App Clinics. Here is a brief outline of the support we are offering.

Windows 8 DevCamps for App Developers

The Windows 8 DevCamp is open to everyone and offers an experience catered to your background and technology preference. We don’t expect you to have finished your application in one day (although that’s not impossible). You will at least understand the Windows 8 operating system, what makes a great Windows 8 style app and the development paths that are available to you. If you choose to take advantage of one of our 1:1 UX labs, then you will also leave with a set of wireframes that you can use to base your Windows 8 style app on.

Windows 8 App Clinic for App Developers

Attend a Windows 8 App Clinic if you need specific help with your Windows 8 app? We will have a team of technical and marketing experts on standby ready to answer any question you have about Window 8 app development – whether it be questions about an idea for an app, development, design, getting your app into the Windows Store, or any other burning question you have.

We are here to help you succeed so make sure you take advantage of the biggest platform opportunity for developers and get support and assistance to make your Windows 8 app the next big thing. Learn more about what we are doing to help you develop your idea for Windows 8.

The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in our supported markets, and we’ve added 89 more app submission markets! If you’ve been waiting for invitation restrictions to lift or waiting for market support, the Windows Store is ready for you to join today.  Today’s 89 additional developer markets more than doubles our support toward enabling developer opportunity everywhere there is a developer with desire. All paid MSDN subscribers will receive a Windows Store subscription included, at no additional cost. Please visit the Windows Store Blog for full details - the dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification. Sign up now, reserve your app names, and we’d love to publish your app in the Store in time for general availability of Windows 8.

We look forward to inviting you to the Windows 8 | Elite programme.