REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 9, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today kicked off WOWZAPP 2012: Worldwide Hackathon for Windows, the first simultaneous global hackathon for students, startups and professional developers in the company’s history. Following the recent Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launches, more than 100 locations across five continents will hold weekend-long hackathons for students and other participants to create apps for the Windows ecosystem.

“With more than 17,000 students registered to participate, WOWZAPP 2012 will be the largest simultaneous hackathon of student developers ever, acting as a catalyst to bring a wealth of new, exciting and quality apps to the Windows Store,” said Moorthy Uppaluri, general manager of Worldwide Academic Programs at Microsoft. “Microsoft is committed to empowering students with the tools and resources they need to showcase their creativity and make money through app development.”

See the rest of the press release at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/Nov12/11-09WOWZAPPPR.aspx.

See the WOWZAPP website at http://www.microsoft.com/student/en-us/wowzapp/default.aspx for the locations and video streams taking place LIVE this weekend.