Microsoft reveals AppsForSurface to boost new enterprise Windows 8 apps

AirStrip is one of the companies involved in Miicrosoft's AppsForSurface program.

While the Microsoft Store is fast approaching the 100,000 Windows 8 app mark, there remains a lack of apps for Microsoft's latest OS that have been made specifically for business and enterprise customers. Today, Microsoft announced a new program that's designed to help boost the numbers of those kinds of apps for Windows 8 in general and Microsoft's Surface tablet's in particular.

In a post on Microsoft's Surface blog, the company revealed some of the details of the program, which is called AppsForSurface. Microsoft says the program will offer both devices and funding for software vendors to create what it calls "key enterprise apps" for Windows 8. The blog states:

We have limited slots for this program, and ISVs that are already signed up include AirStrip, Citrix, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Sage. Today’s blog is the first time we are sharing Airstrip’s commitment to building Windows Store apps, and we’re excited to have them on board, as they are a powerhouse in the healthcare industry.

The blog post did not offer any details on just how much funding the company will offer software makers to create these Windows 8 enterprise apps. In June, rumors hit the Internet that Microsoft was paying certain companies as much as $100,000 to bring their apps to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Source: Microsoft | Image via AirStrip

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