Microsoft Windows 8 Appfest, held at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organization (KTPO) in the outskirts of Bangalore, set a new Guinness world record as 2567 app developers coded for 18 hours straight. However, Microsoft had expected at least 3500 developers to last through the attempt.
Speaking from the Windows Appfest, Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President, Windows Development, Microsoft said, "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."
Addressing the media, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, "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."
The event of this scale was supported by two Gigabits of bandwidth coming into the venue and six power generating stations ensured that power failure was not a problem.
Surprised developers present at the venue cheered as Steven Sinofsky, President of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft wished the developers luck via a video message.
Pramanik also confirmed that Windows 8 will release on October 26. However, he consciously avoided any questions surrounding the release dates for the hardware including Microsoft's very own tablet - Surface.