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Windows Developer Awards: Honoring Windows Devs at Microsoft Build 2017

As we ramp up for Build, the Windows Dev team would like to thank you, the developer community, for all the amazing work you have done over the past 12 months. Because of your efforts and feedback, we’ve managed to add countless new features to the Universal Windows Platform and the Windows Store in an ongoing effort to constantly improve. And thanks to your input on the Windows Developer Platform Backlog, you have helped us to prioritize new UWP features.

In recognition of all you have done, this year’s Build conference in Seattle will feature the first-ever Windows Developers Awards given to community developers who have built exciting UWP apps in the last year and published them in the Windows Store. The awards are being given out in four main categories:

  • App Creator of the Year – This award recognizes an app leveraging the latest Windows 10 capabilities. Some developers are pioneers, the first to explore and integrate the latest features in Windows 10 releases. This award honors those who made use of features like Ink, Dial, Cortana, and other features in creative ways.
  • Game Creator of the Year – This award recognizes a game by a first-time publisher in Windows Store. Windows is the best gaming platform–and it’s easy to see why. From Xbox to PCs to mixed reality, developers are creating the next generation of gaming experiences. This award recognizes developers who went above and beyond to publish innovative, engaging and magical games to the Windows Store over the last year.
  • Reality Mixer of the Year – This award recognizes the app demonstrating a unique mixed reality experience. Windows Mixed Reality lets developers create experiences that transcend the traditional view of reality. This award celebrates those who choose to mix their own view of the world by blending digital and real-world content in creative ways.
  • Core Maker of the Year – This award recognizes a maker project powered by Windows. Some devs talk about the cool stuff they could build–others just do it. This award applauds those who go beyond the traditional software interface to integrate Windows in drones, PIs, gardens, and robots to get stuff done.

In addition to these, a Ninja Cat of the Year award will be given as special recognition. Selected by the Windows team at Microsoft, this award celebrates the developer or experience that we believe most reflects what Windows is all about, empowering people of action to do great things.

Here’s what we want from you: we need the developer community to help us by voting for the winners of these four awards on the awards site so take a look and tell us who you think has created the most compelling apps. Once you’ve voted, check back anytime to see how your favorites are doing. Voting will end on 4/27, so get your Ninja votes in quickly.

Just released – Windows developer evaluation virtual machines – April 2017 build

We’re releasing the April 2017 edition of our evaluation Windows developer virtual machines (VM) on Windows Dev Center. The VMs come in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox and VMWare flavors. The evaluation version will expire on 07/07/17.

Evaluation VM contain:

If you want a non-evaluation version of the VM, we have those as well. They do require a Windows 10 Pro license, which you can get from the Microsoft Store.

If you have feedback on the VMs, please provide it over at the Windows Developer Feedback UserVoice site.

Windows Developers at Microsoft Build 2017

Microsoft Build 2017 kicks off on May 10 in Seattle, with an expected capacity crowd of over 5,000 developers—plus countless more online. Join us for the live-streamed keynotes, announcements, technical sessions and more. You’ll be among the first to hear about new developments that will help you engage your users, keep their information safe and reach them in more places. Big things have been unveiled and promoted at Microsoft Build over the years and this year’s conference won’t be any different!

There will be quite a bit of content specifically relevant to Windows developers:

  • Improvements that help you immediately engage your users with beautiful UI and natural inputs
  • Team collaboration and connectedness to streamline and improve your development experience
  • Services that make it easier to reach customers and learn what they want from your software
  • Connected screens and experiences that make your end-to-end experience stickier and more engaging
  • Mixed reality and creating deeply immersive experiences

Sign up for a Save-the-Date reminder on our Build site for Windows Developers and we’ll keep you in the loop as new details and information come in. When you sign up, you’ll also gain the ability to:

  • Save sessions for later viewing
  • Create and share content collections
  • Discuss what you’ve seen and heard with other developers
  • Upvote content you like and track trending sessions

You’ll find sign-up, sessions and content here.