Microsoft to offer Windows 8 for $25 to iOS developers at app builder events

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a program that would give iOS app developers a way to purchase a version of Windows 8, plus a version of Parallels Desktop 8 for just $25, as an incentive for them to port their iOS creations to Windows 8, or to make all new apps. That offer quickly sold out but Microsoft is now going to give iOS developers a second chance to get in on this cheap software deal.

In a post on the official Windows 8 app developer blog, mostly dealing with the Windows 8 apps that were shown at this week's DEMO Mobile conference, Microsoft announced it will be giving out 10,000 of its Windows QuickStart kits at a number of its app builder events, both in the U.S. and in other countries.

As with the previous offer, the $25 cost for the Windows QuickStart package, which would normally cost close to $200, is being donated to charity, specifically to code.org, Khan Academy or Watsi.org. iOS developers who cannot attend the builder events can still get the $25 Windows Quickstart software bundle at swish.com, but the package won't actually ship until sometime in early June.

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Windows 8 is designed for touch screen
The Windows 8 App store Apps are touch enabled first, they are for touch screens
All Mac out there have no touch screens.

When an Apple Developer get Windows 8 for 25$ he cannot really develop using it for the App store, he needs a touch screen.

In order to get a touch screen, you must buy All In One PC or Laptop with touch screen, these screens are not sold separately, you may find one, but the screen will be either unknown crap or very expensive

The PCs with touch screen are sold with Windows 8 installed


Some Managers at Microsoft are born to be there, I mean you reach some level of stupidity, and the only logical place to be is to become a Manager at Microsoft, but please, don't show that stupidity with the Adv above

john.smith_2084 said,
Windows 8 is designed for touch screen
The Windows 8 App store Apps are touch enabled first, they are for touch screens
All Mac out there have no touch screens.

When an Apple Developer get Windows 8 for 25$ he cannot really develop using it for the App store, he needs a touch screen.

In order to get a touch screen, you must buy All In One PC or Laptop with touch screen, these screens are not sold separately, you may find one, but the screen will be either unknown crap or very expensive

The PCs with touch screen are sold with Windows 8 installed


Some Managers at Microsoft are born to be there, I mean you reach some level of stupidity, and the only logical place to be is to become a Manager at Microsoft, but please, don't show that stupidity with the Adv above

Not entirely sure on your logic here. If you NEED a touchscreen to develop for touch devices then how do you code for iPhone of or iPad, 2 touch devices that you develop for on your non touch mac....

Ben Macrow said,

Not entirely sure on your logic here. If you NEED a touchscreen to develop for touch devices then how do you code for iPhone of or iPad, 2 touch devices that you develop for on your non touch mac....


You can't really develop on the simulator. Just can't. There always comes a point where you need to test your software on a real device and real hardware.

they forgot to mention that the 25$ windows 8 requires a touch screen that are currently sold with PCs for about a 1000 USD (cannot find a good one separately), which also have windows 8 included

where do they hire these Microsoftians from?

Now that the app store is now an important part of Microsoft's business plan for Windows I can't understand why they don't offer Windows 8 at this price all the time

techbeck said,
Should be free for Devs. Especially since devs are the ones who will make/break the platform.

Microsoft got used to Milk the Cows, sorry, the Customers, the devs are also customers, it is very very very hard for the manager there not to milk someone