Looking for the free update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1? Start here! (If you have an older version of Windows, you can also purchase Windows 8.1 online.)
Are you an MSDN subscriber? You can get ISO and .msi downloads here:
If you currently have Windows 8.1 Preview, see these detailed steps. Note that your license for the preview expired as of January 2014.
Get the headers, libraries, and tools you need to create Windows Store apps, in the language of your choice. (Includes the Windows App Certification Kit.) Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.1.
Actually, the DirectX SDK is now included as part of the Windows SDK (starting with the Windows 8 release). Learn more, or go ahead and get the Windows SDK now (the download link is just to the left of this paragraph).
Wondering where to start?
Learn what tools you can download to get started building Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1.
Test your app before you submit it for certification and listing in the Windows Store. Learn more about the Windows App Certification Kit.
Tools to help you localize your Windows Store app with translation support, translation file management, and editor tools. Get details and additional languages.
Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2013 enables remote debugging, remote testing, and unit testing on computers that don't have Visual Studio installed. Get the Remote Tools.
Use advertising to monetize your apps while presenting a rich and engaging advertising experience to your users. Learn more about the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows 8.1, which is included in Visual Studio 2013.
A set of controls and APIs that enable apps to integrate Single Sign On (SSO) with your Microsoft account and access information from OneDrive and Outlook.com. Learn more about the Live SDK.
Add a scalable and secure cloud backend as well as incorporate structured storage, user authentication, and push notifications. Get Windows Azure Mobile Services.
Hundreds of samples from Microsoft to help jumpstart your project quickly. You can also download samples for a specific programming language, browse individual samples, copy code inline, and leave comments in the samples gallery.
Design your app with these essential assets, including templates, wireframes, and design guidelines. Get the design downloads.
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Windows Store logos show your customers that your app is available in the Windows Store. Download the Windows Store logos and device images.