Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft launched an international art program on Thursday inspired by its line of Touch mice.
The Art of Touch program allows users to create digital artwork on a
, and then share and vote on that work. The user with the most votes on Dec. 31 will be awarded "featured artist" status on the site and a variety of Microsoft gear. The company will also be running several prize giveaways until Feb. 4, 2012.
The site currently has a number of art effects, and more will roll out throughout the campaign, Microsoft said. When the art is shared on a social network, people will be able to vote for their favorites, and the artwork can later be used to create custom device covers.
Generative artist Marius Watz will help kick off the campaign tonight at the Microsoft Store at University Village in Seattle.