Microsoft’s Appfest Kicks Off With Guinness World Record

Microsoft Windows 8 Appfest kicked off on Friday with a new Guinness world record with 2567 app developers coding for 18 hours straight at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization in Bangalore, India.

Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President, Windows Development spoke from the Windows Appfest, according to PCWorld, saying that:

“Developers are at the center of Microsoft’s success. And India is home to some of the world’s most talented developers. We are focused on enabling developers to succeed as they build the next generation of apps. I can’t wait to see some of these apps being built at the Windows Appfest.”

Bhaskar Pramanik, a chairman with Microsoft India, also addressed the media, saying:

“Microsoft is making significant investments and working with 1.2 million developers, over 1000 Independent Software Vendors and more than 2000 System Integrators to empower them with the tools, technologies and training required to develop high end skills and compete in a global marketplace.”

PC Advisor notes that the massive event was supported by two Gigabits of bandwidth into the venue. Six power generating stations were also available to ensure the developers could still work in the event of a power failure.

Developers present at the venue in Bangalore cheered when Steven Sinofsky, the President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft spoke to them through a video message to wish them luck.

Solar Panels News added that the Guinness world record was for the most participants in an app development marathon in one location. The developers were observed by Guinness World Records officials throughout the event. Participants used laptops with Windows 8 RTM, as well as Visual Studio Express 2012.

The developers were allowed to work in teams of up to four people to create apps in categories like Education, Business, Productivity, Finance, Social, Music Video and Sports. While the marathon did not require the developers to finish the apps, those who did were allowed to submit them for review at an onsite Microsoft’s App Excellence Labs, where they could receive feedback from Windows Store.

Paul O’Neill, Vice President of Guinness World Records, Commercial announced the record set by Windows Appfest on Saturday, complete with a certificate that was presented to Bhaskar Pramanik and Jon DeVaan.