Microsoft has launched a competition to get mobile applications onto Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the software firm's rival to Apple's AppStore, RIM's App World and Nokia's Ovi Store.
The company, which has been promoting the Windows Mobile software developer community since its first foray into mobile devices with Windows CE in the mid-1990s, announced Windows Marketplace for Mobile in February. Among the applications available for Windows Mobile devices are products for CRM, data synchronisation and a tool for managing servers remotely.
Microsoft is looking to add applications to the Windows Mobile Marketplace through a competition called Race to Market Challenge. Anyone who submits an application to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile has a chance to win a £10,000 Microsoft Surface 30-inch tabletop multi-touch display.