Microsoft Windows 8 AppFest: Scenes From a Coding Marathon
Guinness World Records congratulates developers for setting an official record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon at the Windows AppFest. Pictured from left to right are: Jon DeVaan, corporate vice president, Windows development at Microsoft; Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India; and Paul O’Neill, vice president of Guinness World Records, Commercial.
Microsoft has set a world record for having the most developers in a coding marathon at its recent Windows 8 AppFest in Bangalore. During a long-running coding session, thousands of developers made history by setting the world record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location at the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO), Bangalore. The record was set at 2,567 developers coding nonstop for 18 hours. Developers came from all over India and beyond to participate in the event hosted by Microsoft that involved building, designing and testing apps for the Windows platform. As the software giant pushes toward its Oct. 26 release of Windows 8, the turnout of more than 2,500 developers at Windows AppFest showcases developer excitement for Windows 8 and the opportunity the Windows Store brings to developers worldwide, Microsoft said. Hopefully, some of the apps created at the Windows 8 AppFest will find their way into the Windows Store, Microsoft officials said. Microsoft empowered the developers with Windows 8 RTM and Visual Studio Express 2012. The teams of up to four developers built apps for Windows in 20 categories, including food, finance, productivity, books, social, photo, music and video, and shopping.