Microsoft talks about Windows Store App Labs for Windows 8

In September, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise visit to San Fransisco-based technology startup accelerator RocketSpace. The appearance was tied into a new partnership between the two companies that was designed to help developers make apps for Windows 8.

Today, the official Windows Store blog revealed more information about this new effort, called Windows Store App Labs. The blog states:

At our kick-off event in San Francisco, we had a full house with over 120 entrepreneurs, designers and developers in attendance.  Partners such as Flixster, Wikipedia and Appfluence joined to demo their apps, talk about why they built for Windows 8 and the support offered by Microsoft. In particular, they underscored the ease of building apps using HTML5 and JavaScript while still getting the power and performance of a native app. Flixster mentioned that they were able to build their app in just a few weeks and Wikipedia noted that their app started with one person building the first version within a few weeks.

There are 30 locations around the world where Microsoft and RocketSpace have established Windows Store App Labs, including New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, and Bangalore. Interested app developers can check to see if there is a location near them and, if that is indeed the case, sign up for a four hour session.

Source: Windows Store blog | Image via Microsoft

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Borix said,
Just copy the Google app. Thet know how to make a good windows 8 app!

It's a good app to the extent that it's a great front end to their web content, but that's about it. Truly compelling features, like a real YouTube player, or a Maps experience that felt even a little more integrated, would be a big bump to the quality of the app.

Joshie said,

It's a good app to the extent that it's a great front end to their web content, but that's about it. Truly compelling features, like a real YouTube player, or a Maps experience that felt even a little more integrated, would be a big bump to the quality of the app.

I'm fairly confident that its coming. Nothing better for Google than to have Microsoft customers using their apps for content consumption. From web searching, youtube, maps, email, to cloud.

MidTxWRX said,

I'm fairly confident that its coming. Nothing better for Google than to have Microsoft customers using their apps for content consumption. From web searching, youtube, maps, email, to cloud.

Maybe, but people said the same thing for iOS, and Google barely bothers with it.

Joshie said,

Maybe, but people said the same thing for iOS, and Google barely bothers with it.

I'm pretty sure Apple had something to do with that, judging on what happened with Google Maps and Apple Maps.

Microsoft's Windows RT/8 seems to be more like what Google is meant to run on.