Photo - Demo at Windows 8 Apps Showcase
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian developers showed some of their 'Made-in-Malaysia' lifestyle Windows 8 applications for the Windows store.
Speaking on 20 November 2012, Microsoft Malaysia director, developer and platform evangelism, Dinesh Nair, said some of the local applications ranged from breaking news updates and booking flight tickets to searching for properties and booking a taxi, including among other features and innovations, new applications from The Star Online, Malaysiakini, myStarjob.com, AirAsia, Sunway Group, iProperty, Resorts World Genting, MYDIN, DiGi, Yeylol, Soft Space and MyTeksi.
"The momentum around Windows 8 continues as software developers are designing more and more innovative apps, demonstrating developer excitement about the unique opportunity represented by the Windows Store," said Nair. "People want choices that fit their lifestyles and needs, and we are working together with leading local brands and the software developer community to create apps that people prefer and appreciate."
He said: "The Windows Store features a range of international and local applications with many of the top free and paid apps consumers have come to know and love now available. Software developers are viewing the Windows Store as an unprecedented channel to reach hundreds of millions of customers in Malaysia and around the world."
"The Windows developer community is building and adding to the quality and breadth of the applications on the Windows Store," said Nair. "The Windows Store was opened to Malaysian developers in September this year, and Microsoft is continuing to partner with leading brands in Malaysia by working together with software developers and publishers to get their apps live. While investing to ensure a healthy growth and diverse ecosystems of apps, Microsoft is also taking advantage of the integrated way that updates to apps are delivered through the Windows Store and are continuing to engage with software developers ranging from entrepreneurs, designers, small and large businesses and students to create apps that help elevate the customer experience."
"Since we established our presence in Malaysia 20 years ago, we are proud to have grown the local software economy to the level it is today," he said. "In fact, Microsoft Malaysia has the largest local partner ecosystem in the country with more than 5,000 partners. With Windows 8, we are thrilled that we are playing a major role in accelerating the development and production of made-in-Malaysia software. A thriving local ICT economy with a vibrant community of home-grown software developers is another major component towards a technologically advanced, globally competitive, developed Malaysia by the year 2020."
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