Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Windows Developer Awards! Learn more about the winners below.

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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.

Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, and most precise vector graphic design software available. Affinity Designer revolutionizes your work whether its for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design, or fun.

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.

Luna

Using Windows Mixed Reality, Luna let‘s players unscramble celestial puzzles and create miniature musical worlds. Unlock each level‘s tree, plant, and animal spirits to help Bird reunite the fragmented Moon and find its way back home.

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

Space Pirate Trainer

Space Pirate Trainer transports users to the 80s arcade cabinet games of yesteryear. Through Windows Mixed Reality, users can fight off relentless waves of droids, with all the weapons and gadgets a Space Pirate could ever need.

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

Huetro for Hue

Huetro easily connects with your Hue system to bring new experiences to your lighting. Enjoy dynamic light shows, create new scenes, or use the colorpicker to always arrive in a well lit home. Huetro syncs across your Windows 10 devices: setup alarms, Cortana, and NFC.

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

Wrike

Wrike is a SaaS work management and collaboration platform, supporting millions of users in 120 countries. Wrike‘s approach has earned the confidence of over 15,000 enterprises that manage work streams.

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.


Oren Novotny

Oren Novotny is the 2018 Ninja Cat of the Year for his contributions to the Windows community and efforts to make life easier for other devs. He serves on the .Net Foundation Advisory Council, is a member of the Visual Studio ALM Rangers, and has been a Microsoft MVP for the last four years.