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Thousands of Developers Achieve Guinness World Record at Windows AppFest

Microsoft creates history; makes Official Guinness World Record by bringing together 2567 developers at a single location to compete in Windows AppFest—a non-stop 18 hours coding marathon for developing Windows 8 applications.

September 22, 2012


Bengaluru, September 22, 2012: Today, thousands of developers made history by setting a world record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location at KTPO, Bengaluru. The record has been set at 2567 developers coding non-stop for 18 hours. Developers came from all over India and beyond to participate in the event hosted by Microsoft — building, designing and testing apps for the Windows platform.
Emceed by Gaurav Kapoor and Roshan Abbas, the event was filled with activities throughout the day and night including performances from DJRink, rock band Swarathma and morning yoga sessions, and of course, developers building new apps for Windows. As the clock struck 8 am, the world’s largest app marathon was realized. Paul O’Neill, Vice President, Guinness World Records Commercial announced Microsoft’s entry into the Guinness World Records for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. A certificate validating the record was presented to Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President for Windows Development at Microsoft and Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
At the closing of the Windows Appfest, O’Neill said, “Congratulations to all of the developers at the Windows AppFest for setting an official Guinness World Record for the Most Participants in a Software Development Marathon in One Location. The spectacle of thousands of developers toiling through the night has demonstrated great commitment to their work.”
Bhaskar Pramanik said, “This Guinness Record at Windows AppFest is a great accomplishment by all the developers who participated. We would like to thank everyone involved. Over the course of the 18 hours of the Windows AppFest we saw some outstanding talent and many innovative apps being developed. I am certain that the success of Windows AppFest will ignite the minds of developers across India to leverage the opportunity and global reach of the Windows platform.”
A robust developer ecosystem is at the center of Microsoft’s success. Windows 8 provides developers with the single largest opportunity to develop apps across multiple devices across various form factors and hardware formats using multiple coding languages. Microsoft is focused on enabling developers to build the next generation of apps and maximize their revenue.
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