Last month Microsoft announced its first-ever Azure Developer Challenge. Since then, we’ve received strong interest and several questions about the competition.


The question I most frequently receive is, “Why is the Azure Dev Challenge open to US residents only?”

I am pleased to announce that starting today the Azure Developer Challenge is open to developers outside of the US.  Without starting to sound like a lawyer, there were legal and regulatory considerations that took us a little bit longer to resolve for international.  We now have those worked out and can’t wait to see your applications.    See my previous post for more info on getting registered.


Seperately, we received questions about interopoerability and the use of existing code.  Specifically… “Can we use jQuery?” the answer is yes.


Experiment, have fun, and send us feedback about your experiences during the process of submitting an entry for the competition.


Remember, the deadline to submit contest app entries is June 18 for US developers.   Developers outside the US have until July 9th to submit their application.   So hurry up and go to to get started today! To follow the contest chatter on Twitter, search for “#newCloudApp”.