Affinity Designer wins a coveted Microsoft Developer Award

Microsoft has named Affinity ‘Application Creator of the Year’ for Affinity Designer in their annual Microsoft Developer Awards.

You may have seen recently that Affinity Designer was shortlisted in this year’s Microsoft Windows Developer Awards, in the Application Creator of the Year category. Well, guess what—we are thrilled to say that we’ve won!

Tony, our head of development, and Mark, who oversees our Windows applications, went over to Microsoft Build Live in Seattle, WA, where the Microsoft Developer awards were announced to pick up our award.

Affinity developer Mark Ingram picking up his Microsoft award for Application Creator of the Year at MS Build.

“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.”

Windows Developer Awards 2018

This award has been voted for by Windows users, so we are blown away once again by the support of the Affinity community. Also, a big thank you goes to Microsoft too for the recognition, it really means a lot.


Application Creator of the Year

To qualify for this award, the finalists needed to:

  • Be published in the Microsoft Store
  • Leverage SDK 15063 or later
  • Creatively leverage Windows 10 capabilities like Ink, Dial, Microsoft Graph, MyPeople, Live Tiles/Notifications, etc.

The other great finalists in our category are all worth checking out too, here’s the full list:

  • Todoist—Do more, stress less. Todoist is the easy and beautiful to-do list over 6 million people around the world use to stay organised. Whether you need to collaborate with your team, keep track of an important project, or just remember to pay the rent, Todoist is there to help plan everything on your plate.

  • Plex—With instant access across all of your devices, Plex organises your video, music, and photo collections. The premium Plex Pass subscription lets you sync videos, music, and photos to your smartphones and tablets to enjoy while offline.

  • Penbook—Penbook is a writing tool that lets you take notes, plan your day, draw a sketch, or do math homework. Penbook includes a variety of stationery, letting users choose from graph paper to sheet music. Keep your work organised with customisable notebook covers and export your work with just a few taps.


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