You can visually build engaging and sophisticated user interfaces for Windows applications by using the accurate design surface and tools in Blend for Visual Studio.
Blend is installed when you install Visual Studio. To locate Blend, type Blend in the Search box.
You can also open a project in Blend from within Visual Studio. With the project open in Visual Studio, do one of the following:
Right-click the project file in the Solution Explorer, and then click Open in Blend.
On the View menu, click Open in Blend.
Learn about the Blend workspace by reading the following topics:
Become familiar with the menus, panels, panel groups, and the artboard. See Blend workspace.
Depending on the work that you're doing, you might want to change the locations of the panels, resize them, or move them out of the Blend window to a different location on the desktop. See Making more room to work.
Configure your workspace the way you want it by using the Options dialog box. See Setting workspace colors and fonts.
For information about and tutorials on how to use Blend to design and build Windows Store apps, see Blend for Visual Studio.
For information about how to build Windows Phone apps, see Blend for Visual Studio.
For information about how to build SketchFlow prototypes, see Prototyping with SketchFlow.
For information about how to build Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications, see Managing solutions, projects, and files in Blend.
For more information about what's new in Blend, see What’s new for HTML Developers in Blend for Visual Studio 2013 and What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 Preview for authoring Windows Store XAML apps on the the Visual Studio blog.
Find resources for developing Windows Store apps at the Windows App Builder blog.
Learn more about how to design, build, and manage your apps by using Blend and Visual Studio at the Visual Studio Blog.
Connect with the community to ask technical questions and discuss how to build Windows Store apps in the community forums for Windows Store Apps.