Posted by Mandar Naik
Director, Platform Strategy

8 miles of cables. 540 bean bags. 15,000 cans of soda. These are just a few of the amenities required to set a world record for the largest application development marathon in one location.

The Windows 8 AppFest set the Guinness World Record in Bangalore, India this past weekend with more than 2,500 talented developers from many backgrounds building Windows 8 apps for 18 hours straight.

Speaking from the Appfest, Jon DeVaan, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Development, said, "Developers are at the center of Microsoft's success. And India is home to some of the world's most talented developers. We are focused on enabling developers to succeed as they build the next generation of apps. I can't wait to see some of these apps being built at the Windows 8 Appfest."

700 apps across 20 different categories were submitted – from food and finance to social, shopping and many more – and are now steps closer to being part of the Windows Store. Developers had the flexibility to use a variety of development languages to create their apps, including modern web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. 

Many thanks to the developers and designers who made this event a huge success! I’m looking forward to seeing many of their apps in the Windows Store next month when Windows 8 launches on October 26th.