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Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows:
free tools for a fast start

Create universal Windows apps

VS 2013 Express for Windows

With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, extend your reach by targeting your app to all Windows devices, using the universal Windows app project templates. Learn the key upgrade paths, migration paths, and other critical resources that will help you bring your ideas to the converged Windows 8.1 platform.

Samples to get you coding

Windows Store universal app sample code

We have dozens of code samples to get you up and running fast. They’re based on Visual Studio’s new universal app templates, letting you build for both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.


Get a developer account

Sign up to publish apps to the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store.

Videos from Build 2014

Watch keynotes and sessions from the conference.

Building Apps for Windows blog

Get the scoop on developing and selling apps.

Developer forums

Ask questions and discuss issues with other developers.