Microsoft attempting world record for largest coding marathon

Microsoft has been holding Windows-based coding events and marathons for, well, years. Today, the company claims that it wants to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the single largest coding marathon ever during an event in Bangalore, India.

The official Windows blog has posted word of the event, the Windows AppFest. The blog states:

Thousands of developers from all over India and beyond will descend upon the event to build apps for Windows. This event represents an opportunity for developers to come together to learn how to build great apps and network with Microsoft programmers and design specialists. Developers will get help and guidance on preparing their apps for certification and ultimately submission into the Windows Store.

There's no word on what the previous world record was for the biggest coding marathon, but judging by the photos of the event posted earlier today it sounds like Microsoft has a good shot of establishing a new record for such an event.

Microsoft also said today that since the BUILD 2011 developer conference in September, where the first Developer Preview version of Windows 8 was released, the company has held over 750 Windows developer events in over 50 countries, with over 200,000 developers participating in those events.

Source: Windows blog | Image via Microsoft

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Did these guys never hear of the Challenge24 coding marathon in Budapest? It's an international annual contest held this year for the 10th time. And as the name says it actually last 24-hours, which is 6 hours more than that 18 hours they're planning.

deadonthefloor said,
Now I'm thinking something about a million monkeys on a million typewriters for some reason........

Given this is in India that sounded horrible!

deadonthefloor said,
Now I'm thinking something about a million monkeys on a million typewriters for some reason........

It in India, therefor you're not that far off track...

deadonthefloor said,
Now I'm thinking something about a million monkeys on a million typewriters for some reason........

That was rude. U r insulting one whole country and its inhabitants. Not at all funny. It only shows your true colours.

I've never seen so many tech support reps in one area at one time. I wonder if American bosses paid for their trips there.

That is 6 hours short from a normal working day for most of the coding centers there.

I hope something cool comes of it. Wonder if the appetite for this is the same in other countries.