Microsoft has been trying to get software developers to create new products for Windows through a number of different methods, including the First Apps contest and Microsoft's own Dev Center online resources. Now the company has announced that app developers can sign up for its new 'Windows 8 Dev Camps'.
While it's sadly unlikely that these camps will include rowing down a river or eating marshmallows over an open fire at night, these Windows 8 Dev Camps are designed to help software makers get ready for the launch of Windows 8 later this year. In a new post on the official Windows 8 app developer blog, Microsoft's Neil Hutson says:
It’s a free event that pulls together developers like you to learn more about building apps. The camps are a chance for you to learn interactively and get advice from expert app builders, and are being held in hundreds of locations around the world. Our camps will vary from place to place, but at any of them, you can learn the basics about the development platform, Metro style design, and the Windows Store. Beyond the basics, different camps may emphasize different topics like, for example, bringing your apps to life with tiles and notifications, integration with the Windows 8 contracts, and so forth.
App makers who are interested in attending one of these Windows 8 Dev Camps can check out the official schedule which lists over 100 upcoming events all over the world. Hutson says more are being added every day so if you are a software maker but there's not currently a location for a Dev Camp near you, that could change in the near future.