Three weeks and nearly 600,000 votes later, the Windows Phone Next App Star contest has a winner: Rudy Huyn of Renne, France and his highly-rated Wikipedia app.

Photography app ProShot from Roseville, Calif.-based Eddie Kezel came in a close second – a very close second. Out of thousands of final round ballots, in the end just 155 separated the two finalists—a testament to just how tough this choice was for voters and how good each of these apps is.

“Huyn’s victory is well deserved. Wikipedia —which after nearly 8,000 customer reviews maintains a perfect five-star average rating— is a tour de force reference app with tons of bells and whistles: It uses the phone’s location to find relevant articles and supports speech recognition, NFC sharing, QR codes, and services such as Pocket (formerly Read It Later) and Instapaper. You can also search in more than 100 languages,” reports Windows Phone Blog Editor Michael Stroh.

Read the rest of Michael’s post and get the full story over on The Windows Phone Blog or the Windows Phone Next App Store Facebook Page.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog