Microsoft wants to help college students to make Windows 8 apps

With just five weeks left before Windows 8 launches on October 26th, Microsoft has been trying to add more and more apps in the Windows Store. The last unofficial count showed that there were 1,600 apps available for download in the store.

To help fill the Windows Store with Windows 8 app, Microsoft is getting some help from college interns. Bloomberg reports that paid interns at the company's New England Research & Development Center, (better known as NERD) have been busy over the summer coding apps for Windows 8.

The program actually started in 2011, where six apps made by interns found their way into pre-release versions of Windows 8. There was enough interest in the app creation program that Microsoft decided to make it a permanent part of NERD.

Three of of the apps made by the NERD interns this summer have already been released to the Windows Store. One of the most interesting is Trackage, shown above, which allows Windows 8 owners to use one app to track packages from several different companies like FedEx, UPS and others.

Other apps made by the interns will be released later, including FaceReel, which can create a video from a set of images using facial recognition technology. Many of the 21 interns who coded the Windows 8 apps say they plan to continue to do so after the NERD program ends.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Microsoft

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Is there a topic someone can introduce me to that gives you a step by step guide on how to make apps for Windows Phone? I have ideas but obviously no coding experience but am willing to pick up a few books and learn.

While the title is misleading, it got me in here. As a college student with an app on the Windows Store I was hoping that Microsoft was actually helping students (as the title suggested) by possibly marketing their efforts rather than just employing a select few to develop apps.

I hope they're working with both Facebook and Spotify to get decent "Metro" apps done. They're more important to me than what these apps probably are.

Calum said,
I hope they're working with both Facebook and Spotify to get decent "Metro" apps done. They're more important to me than what these apps probably are.

I have a feeling Facebook will be there soon. Spotify has me worried, though because of the greed of mobile carriers and their ditching of unlimited data. Not having access to that kinda kills these types of apps.