Microsoft launches app design contest for Windows Phone 7; no skill required!

Ever have a great idea for a program that no one else has thought of, yet are hampered by the fact you have ZERO programming skills and no graphic talent? Then boy does Microsoft has a contest for you.

In an attempt to further lure interest in Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is holding a contest whereby you submit your verbal design for a dream application that doesn't yet exist. The community then votes on it and the winner's creations will be turned into a free app by professionals and dumped in the WP7 Marketplace for all to use.

You'll be a legend!

Oh and the winner gets $5,000 and a free Windows Phone 7 device.

So take those old bar napkins with your hopes and dreams scribbled in boozy ink and submit right over here. As an example, you can check out Todd Portz's creation right here (yeah, he gets a free plug since he tipped us off to this contest).

Anyways, this a great idea from Microsoft. Lets see what you folks have lurking in your geeky heads...

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.

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  • This is a savvy piece of marketing from MSFT. It might even lead to a few interesting ideas. But more importantly, it gets some buzz and excitment going from a potential *customer-base.*
  • An Open Letter to Smartphone Users from the founders of appubator, inc. This week, Microsoft announced a contest called "Hey Windows Phone, I Need This App". This contest offers a $5,000 prize to the person who's idea for a new Windows Phone application receives the most votes from the general public. We at appubator, inc. want to suggest that people think twice before participating in this contest. While a $5,000 prize sounds attractive, there are many drawbacks to your participation. 1) Your great idea for a new smartphone app is no longer yours and out in the open for people to copy. 2) Microsoft is only commiting to develop one mobile app from the hundreds or thousands submitted. 3) No matter how successful your idea is, you will not participate in the revenue that your app provides above the $5,000 prize. 4) Your idea is limited to a single smartphone platform. More than 80% of US smartphone users are on other devices than Windows Phone and you're now missing the opportunity to make money from an app idea for those platforms. We'd like to suggest instead that you visit our website at Unlike the Windows Phone contest: 1) appubator allows you to keep control of your 'app ideas' by keeping them confidential. Just register at and securely submit your idea to our evaluation team where it remains yours regardless if it is accepted for development. 2) appubator will develop as many apps as there are commercially viable ideas submitted. With appubator, we develop a significant % of the apps that are submitted (not just one as MS suggests in their contest). We've had over 300 submissions so far and have 35 apps under contract / development. 3) While appubator cannot pay $5,000 upfront to one lucky winner, we fund 100% of the app's development and sign a contract that gives each submitter 30% of future revenues. 4) We look to release apps based on approved ideas for all major smartphone platforms in addtion to Windows Phone. This increases the chances for the app to succeed and generate more money for you. The Microsoft contest is certainly fun and a great way to see your name in lights. On the other hand, if you'd prefer to have more control of how your ideas are used and want to make real money from the exploiding economy around mobile software and smartphones, be sure to come and visit apppubator at
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  • Great review,even i thinks its great application launch by the Microsoft,One advantages regarding these application as mentioned its can easily handled easily by the person who totally unaware of the programming skills and grammar.
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  • Good way to bring buzz, if anything else.
    Enough entries mean there are users waiting for good apps.
    If I were them, I'd start the global ad campaign for the platform to show it off and start a real buzz going.
  • Look at mine, it's called Microsoft Sphere: a more connecte world:
  • Mine's for a POV(persistence of vision) app. Would be really useful, so please vote!