Section 1. Your options for getting access to Microsoft technology
Check out the respective sites for information on these programs.
Are you a student? See the Microsoft Student Account Sign-up Tutorial
Download the Windows 8 Enterprise 90 day free trial here
Section 2. Load and run Windows8
Windows 8 can be downloaded via several methods
- Use the Windows 8 image we’ve prepared for this event with some other installs on it here
- Download Windows 8 from your MSDN, BizSpark, or DreamSpark Premium account
- Download the Windows 8 Enterprise 90 day free trial here
Using a Mac? You can still run Windows8 using one of the following techniques
BootCamp Windows 8
Virtualization On Mac
Section 3. Sign up for a Windows Store Account
This is required for submitting apps into the Windows Store. It is not required for development. There is a credit card or bank account verification step for security purposes that will require you to login to your bank’s website to verify a small test transaction amount. Please try to get your store account registered ahead of time.
Section 4. Load and run the basic developer tools
You have several options for developing Windows Store apps with Visual Studio.
If you don’t have the above access, you can get a free version of Visual Studio Express or a trial of Visual Studio (full version) below
· Download the free Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 here
· Download the free Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone here
· Download a trial of Visual Studio 2012 here
In order to advertise, you simply need to do two things
· Sign up for Microsoft pubCenter at: Microsoft pubCenter
· Install the Ad SDK: Microsoft Advertising SDK
Section 5. Install the Free Game Frameworks
Both of the below game framework/dev environments can export to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 (as well as other platforms)
Section 6. Install some free cool tools that help you develop
Jeremy Foster’s awesome resource page with links for stock photos, clipart, audio, music, and video
Section 7. Decision time, what kind of a developer do you want to be?
Regardless of what type of developer you are, everyone can benefit from the following resources
Windows Store App Labs are physical locations in more than 30 cities where you can access Windows 8 devices, get design help, and meet with Windows experts to make your app great. All for free!
- I’m a student without much skill OR just learning, let me use a framework.
- I’m a .NET Developer
- Jerry Nixon and Daren May’s Jumpstart series for XAML/C#:
- Building Apps for Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Series
- MVVM Applied in Windows Phone and Windows 8
- Windows 8 Camp Training Kit
- Windows Store apps for Absolute Beginners with C#
- Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo’s Jumpstart series for HTML5
- What Web Developers Need to Know to Develop Windows 8 Apps
- I’m an Android developer
- I’m an iOS developer
Section 8. Ok, now what? I need help.
Our ENTIRE West Region team is here to help you. Click the image below and find one closest to you and schedule time to talk to them. This is FREE and the entire team enjoys this part of their job so please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Click on the section labeled “Schedule an appointment’ to link to our oHours (office hours) page to book a time slot to Skype, chat, or in person meet.
That’s all you need to do to get ready to build your first application!
Appendix A – I just need some API references
Appendix B – I want to know about designing Windows 8 Applications