Be a star! Microsoft wants your Windows Phone app featured on TV

Microsoft has just announced a new developer contest that should make things very interesting both for developers and regular consumers who use their apps every day. The contest, entitled “Windows Phone Next App Star Competition”, will offer up over $1M in prizes to 64 winners but it’s the top spot that should gain the most attention. 

Should you win the #1 app, Microsoft will feature your creation on a TV commercial featured in primetime.

The way the contest is structured is very simple. Developers just need to have their apps published by March 5th and users will merely vote for their favorite app based on the ratings (“stars”) they give it in the Store. That means apps with 4 or 5 star ratings starting on March 5th will get ranked higher than ones with 2 or 3 stars...

Any app in the Store is eligible worldwide…whether they are brand new or have been on the platform since day one, but only user ratings of the app after March 5th will count towards the contest.  Microsoft will then select the top 64 apps with the highest rating and those will go to the “playoff round” where users worldwide will vote for their favorites i.e. think of sport playoff brackets, where two apps go in and one goes on to the next round of voting.

As mentioned earlier, the top winner gets the TV spot, which admittedly is a heck of an award. But those other 63 challengers don’t have much to fear as they can win numerous other prizes too, including Lumia 920, free 1-year developer accounts, online media presence and more from Microsoft.

We spoke with Senior Director, Windows Phone Apps Team, Todd Brix, earlier today about the contest and he noted how Microsoft is doing this contest for two main reasons: (1) to thank developers who have committed to making top quality apps for Windows Phone and (2) make customers aware of some of the most amazing apps for their new Windows Phone (or if they were considering buying one).

Brix also highlighted the fact that developers have seen a 100% increase in app revenue and downloads within the last few weeks, no doubt due to the Windows Phone 8 bump from the holidays.  That momentum is worth highlighting as are the best apps for our phones.

Sounds like a good deal to us and developers. Let’s see which is…the best app on Windows Phone! (By the way, did we mention the official Windows Phone Central app got an update today? Just saying...)

Developers, you must opt-in the contest, so make sure you do by following this link:

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Well, my biased opinion obviously wants the Windows Phone Central app to win. Amirite?
  • Well what the heck I just registered. If we're lucky enough to get a lot of good ratings from March 6th then you never know!
  • Wpcentral definitely will be in the running but I like the Metrotube idea to screw google better.
  • If the wpcentral app gets updated to WP8 ASAP, then you are guaranteed to be in the top 30. Am I right guys?
  • No better way to incur Google's wrath than to feature MetroTube on prime time ... but what an epic "screw you Google" it would be from Microsoft.... "Google bans YouTube for life on WP...Microsoft's reply..."WORTH IT"
  • This is great, Metrotube is a great app anyway, this would be icing on the cake!!!
  • Thanks for the heads up Daniel. Calculator² FTW!
  • Right now seems like flixster won this with metrotube coming in next
  • Pressure is on now to get Pepper out to the US!!!!
  • I think baconit totally deserves it.
  • Yup
  • WPCentral
    BBC News Mobile
    Artist Info
    and how could i forget, WMPowerUser because lets be honest, nothing better than an app that takes ages to load its content and then just says "Error"
  • I think once Prime TV gets updated to WP8, it'll be in the running. What better app to showcase on Prime(time) TV?
  • I've tried both PrimeTV and TVShow and found TVShow better for some reason
  • Prime TV actually getting updated or is that just speculation on your part?
  • It's getting the update. The developer has said that he will begin beta testing later this month.
  • Wish they could change the rules and allow only Indy developers cause Im really tired of seeing angry birds all over the place.
  • If you have a tumblr, Blueprints is a great app!
  • I for one think WP Centrals' app for windows phone 8 will be one of the top leaders and will get my vote! "Vote WP Central".........
  • If you don't vote for WPCentral, I think you should get a permanent, jk. But seriously. I would hate to see something generic like Angry Birds to get it.
  • WPCentral
    Appoin Tile
    My Stocks
  • Nextgen Reader (WP8 version will be awesome!)
  • I like My Stocks Portfolio
    But come on, no one use UC Browser?
  • WPCentral app for the win. MetroTube as well... Just to rub it in Google's face.
  • Could be a nice incentive for developers to write for WP8. Having your app featured in that fashion would be great press for a developer looking to make a splash.