Window 8 AppFest Draws Record Numbers
September 24, 2012

Microsoft Developers Set Guinness World Record

Michael Harper for — Your Universe Online

Looking for ways to drum up some attention for their new, upcoming desktop/mobile/tablet operating system, Microsoft recently enlisted enough developers to make Steve Ballmer foam with excitement in order to set a Guinness World Record.

Held at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO) just outside of Bangalore, India, Microsoft´s Windows 8 AppFest brought together some 2,567 developers who wrote and tweaked code for a marathon-style 18 hour long session. While 2,567 was enough to set the record for the most developers applying their trade in one location for a record amount of time, Microsoft had expected as many as 3500 to participate in the stunt.

The assembled army of developers was composed mainly of students from an engineering and science background, though some professional coders from development companies also took part. Microsoft even helped inch the numbers forward, flying in some of their own developers and engineers to assist these developers in bringing their ideas to life, according to

"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,” said Jon Devaan, corporate vice president of Windows development, speaking to PC World during the event.

Microsoft´s chairman in India was also present for Windows 8 AppFest, saying to the attending media, "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."

In order to keep these 2,500 developers connected as they coded, Microsoft installed a massive network capable of 2 gigabits of bandwidth and 6 generators for supplying all the power needed to run these machine as they furiously converted code into apps.

These record-setting developers were also lucky enough to be privy to a surprise video by Windows and Windows Live president Steven Sinofsky. Wishing these coders luck, Sinofsky also confirmed Windows 8 would release next month on October 26th. While he did discuss Microsoft´s latest OS release, he was all quiet in the release dates for Microsoft´s Surface tablets, which were shown off this June. Though Microsoft unveiled these new products more than 3 months ago, they´ve yet to announce when these tablets will be available for purchase. Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer finally made first mention of pricing for these tablets in an interview with the Seattle Times.

When asked how his company´s tablet will fare against Apple´s iPad, specifically in terms of price, Ballmer replied: “I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a superexpensive device. ... (When) people offer cheaper, they do less. They look less good, they're chintzier, they're cheaper.”

Then, comparing the new, unreleased Surface to the rest of the market, Ballmer replied, “If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 to about $700 or $800. That's the sweet spot.”