This is the very last entry round of Your App Here! That’s right. Your last chance to win your share of $13,000 worth of cool prizes like HP Envy X2 convertible ultrabooks, Xboxen or a trip to TechEd Australia on the Gold Coast later this year. All you have to do is enter an app that’s never been published in the store before and you’re in the running. This is a great opportunity to port from other stores such as iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
Technical design guru Shane Morris is the Creative Director at Automatic Studio, one of the final judges in this comp and all round good guy. He’s built Windows mobile apps for Qantas, NAB and Dimmi plus Windows 8 touch-enabled apps for Westpac, Webjet and NineMSN’s Jump-In.
Less is more, explains Shane: “Avoid the temptation to cram more features into your app assuming that will make it more popular. In our experience, an app that has a limited set of options, and does so with confidence, tends to be more appealing.”
“And if you’re not a confident designer, don’t get too ambitious too early. Stick to the Windows design language templates. If users open your app and see consistent styling and navigation, they’ll immediately be much more willing to explore.
“Navigation style is key to crafting an authentic app experience. Games can be different, but for regular apps – don’t be fooled that designing for Windows is just typography, white space and blocks of colour. There are helpful Windows 8 and Windows Phone guides on MSDN.
Success begins with your first submission! Learn more about promoting and managing a successful Windows 8 Store app.
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