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Microsoft dev contest focuses on Fall Creators Update Build 16299

Windows Developer Day has arrived, with Microsoft hosting a livestream of the event focusing on the Fall Creators Update Build 16299. The good news is you can win a prize package estimated to be around $8,000.

To qualify, Microsoft is asking developers to create or update an app on the Windows Store using the newest build of Windows 10. The SDK is now available. And for every app you update or add to the store, you will receive one chance to win the prize package. You will need to sign in to your developer account on the official site to accept the terms and conditions of the sweepstakes.

You are probably eager to know what you get. How about:

  • Surface Studio (2TB / Intel Core i7)

  • Surface Pro (256GB / Intel Core i5)

  • Surface Dial

  • Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset

  • Xbox One X

  • Custom Xbox controller with engraving

  • $2,500 USD advertising credit for your app

Microsoft will be giving away five of these packages. Make sure you do any updating or creating before November 17, because that's when the sweepstakes is scheduled to end. And yes, this is only for Windows 10 PC. Mobile developers are out of luck, given that Microsoft is curtailing development for the platform.

Kevin Gallo. corporate VP of the Windows Developer Platform, was on today's livestream along with the Windows engineering team to discuss the Fall Creators Update. Some of the topics included modernizing your existing desktop application, the top improvements to the Dev Center and Windows Store, and Cortana Skills. The event is still going on if you want to watch.

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