How to develop Windows Store apps
File access sample
This sample shows how to get current location info for the user's PC.
Key APIs used in this code sample:
App tiles and badges
Learn about our new app models and the programming languages available to you. Choose a language and gain a solid understanding about new programming concepts.
Add commonly used features, like file handling or multimedia playback to your app. The start-to-finish series help you refine your app.
Use the tools included with Visual Studio to make your app the highest possible quality before submitting it to the Windows Store.
MSDN subscribers can get Windows 8 from MSDN Subscriber Downloads. If you’re not an MSDN subscriber, you can download an evaluation version of Windows 8 from Evaluation Center. (Note that this version will expire, and you cannot upgrade.)
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is your tool to build Windows apps. It includes the Windows 8 SDK, Blend for Visual Studio, and project templates. You must first install Windows 8. Get details and additional languages.
Download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
Windows App Certification Kit
Test your app before you submit it for certification and listing in the Windows Store. Learn more about the Windows App Certification Kit.
Discover and evaluate game and graphics technologies for Windows Store apps. Explore your creative side as you learn to develop visually compelling and interactive games and multimedia apps.
Have an app on another platform that you’d like to bring to Windows? Use these design and development resources to make your job easier.
Learn how to create responsive and performance-optimized Windows Store apps using the DirectX technologies you’re already familiar with.