Check out these apps made by Microsoft BizSpark startups

Microsoft BizSpark – a free program that provides startups with software, tools and a network of 50,000 to collaborate with – is also responsible for producing a bevy of Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.

The BizSpark Group Blog collected a few that will help you start 2014 on the right foot, including OFunnel, a BizSpark startup that went through the Seattle TechStars Accelerator in 2013. They have built what they call the “Google Alerts for Relationships.Douglas Crets also interviewed the founder, Kushal Shah, on The BizSpark Show.

The blog reports, “Business networking tools are in abundance but this is an incredible all-in-one solution to help you find people that are relevant to your business goals using similar alerts to the ones you receive when you set up social network and news media notifications.”

Or, how about POP (aka Prototyping on Paper), which could be very useful for “showing someone your app ideas without design or coding skill and demonstrate user flow and concepts to colleagues and clients.” If you have an app idea, draw it on paper and use POP to make it running on your tablet and PC.

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BizSpark members also created fun projects, such as “Motion Math: Hungry Fish,” for kids who love to learn math and play games. Feed your fish and play with numbers, practice addition by pinching two numbers together – instant addition. (You can also practice subtraction too.) Keep feeding your fish to win a level and unlock new colors and fins.  

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Head over to the BizSpark Group Blog to check out the rest of the apps and games, including Upside, GIF Chat and Qwilo, “the first and only Officially Licensed Craigslist App for Windows 8.1.”

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff