Windows Developer Awards 2018

Behind every great line of code is an even better developer. It’s time to celebrate the Windows Developer Community and recognize the incredible accomplishments from the past year. Check out the top nominees and vote for your favorites in each category below. We’ll announce the winners at Microsoft Build in May!

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Application Creator
of the
Year

Application Creator of the Year

Leveraging the latest Windows 10 capabilities

Exploring the latest Windows 10 features and capabilities, the winner of this award pushes the envelope and sets a new bar for what is possible for developing on the Windows 10 platform. This award recognizes an application creator that leverages the latest Windows 10 capabilities and APIs such as Fluent Design System, Ink, Hello, and Microsoft Graph.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to creatively leverage Windows 10 capabilities like Ink, Dial, Microsoft Graph, MyPeople, Live Tiles/Notifications, etc.

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Game Creator
of the
Year

Game Creator of the Year

Outstanding Game contribution to the Microsoft Store

From Xbox to PCs to mixed reality, developers are creating the next generation of gaming experiences using Windows 10. The recipient of this award has created a game for which the technical achievements are as compelling as the game mechanics. This award recognizes a Windows developer who publishes an innovative, engaging, and immersive game to the Microsoft Store.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Leverages Xbox Live capabilities through ID@Xbox or Xbox Live Creators Program.

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Reality Mixer
of the
Year

Reality Mixer of the Year

Creator demonstrating a unique mixed reality experience

This award celebrates those who choose to mix their own view of the world, blending digital and real-world content in creative ways and demonstrating the potential of the platform; Windows Mixed Reality helps developers create experiences that transcend the traditional view of reality. This award recognizes a Windows developer creating innovative immersive experiences with mixed reality.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to include a 3D mixed reality experience

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Design Innovator
of the
Year

Design Innovator of the Year

Beautiful look and feel

From the look and feel to the intuitiveness of the UI, the application of Fluent Design System elements raises the user experience standard to which all modern applications and games should adhere.  This award recognizes excellence in design in a published application, or game, that applies Fluent Design System principles to create outstanding interactive aesthetics.

  • Has to be published in Microsoft Store
  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later
  • Has to creatively leverage Fluent Design System

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Commercial Innovator
of the
Year

Commercial Innovator of the Year

Focused on an enterprise audience

Whether it’s efficiency and collaboration or innovation and management, the Commercial Innovator of the Year harnesses creativity that helps organizations and their employees accomplish their goals.  This award recognizes a development talent focused on creating amazing commercial applications.

  • Has to be leveraging SDK 15063 or later

Windows Developer Awards

2018

Ninja Cat
of the
Year

Ninja Cat of the Year

Special recognition

Some developers code to live, but this developer lives to code. Our team here at Microsoft will select one standout developer that exemplified Microsoft’s core values while making significant contributions to the craft of Windows development in the past year.