Azure The Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge will award developers who create the best Azure application with up to $5,000 and feature placement in a video on Microsoft's Channel 9 Web site and in content at Microsoft events.

Grand Prize Winners will be announced on stage at Structure 09 and featured on azure.com.

Submit your application in one of three categories:

  • .NET Applications
  • PHP Application
  • Community Winner

Starting June 19th through June 29th, your friends and peers will be allowed to vote for their favorite application to determine the Community winner.

To get started writing your Azure Services Platform application:

  • Sign up for the Azure Services
  • Download the SDKs and Tools
  • Learn more about the Azure Services
  • Tutorial videos are also available here
  • More info on deploying PHP applications on Windows Azure

    To get started using Microsoft developer tools:

  • Students can get Visual Studio to write a .NET application through Microsoft DreamSpark
  • Startup companies can use BizSpark to get software licenses and developer tools
  • Developers can also use the free Visual Studio Express to get started

    Contest is now open. Submission deadline is June 18. For more information, see new CloudApp() - The Azure™ Services Platform Developer Challenge.