Resources for iOS developers (Windows Store apps)
Are you an iOS app developer? If so, you can use the info throughout this section to take your existing iOS app development skills and start applying them to developing great apps for Windows 8. Why should you build apps for Windows 8? Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Target millions more devices and users for your apps. You can code once and have a great app experience that scales across millions of devices from tablets to all-in-one PCs, from 10" to 27" screen sizes.
- Expand opportunities to make more money. Not only does Windows 8 let you keep more money per download than the Apple App Store with an 80% revenue for total sales over $25,000 USD, Windows 8 and the Windows Store also make it simple for millions of customers to find, try and buy your apps from practically anywhere in the world. The Windows Store makes it easy to distribute, update, and get paid for the apps that you develop.
Provides a series of short, hands-on walkthroughs interspersed with concepts for iOS app developers to gain experience with using Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 to start building simple Windows Store apps for Windows 8.
Use popular third-party apps like Apple Boot Camp, VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 on your Mac.
We provide an API mapping index to help you find iOS API equivalents to the Windows Runtime APIs so that you can jumpstart your development projects for Windows 8.
Links to videos for iOS app developers who also want to build great apps for Windows 8.
The info throughout this section is intended for developers who are creating iOS apps and who want to create similar Windows Store apps for Windows 8.
- Roadmap for Windows Store apps using C# or Visual Basic
- Roadmap for Windows Store apps using C++
- Roadmap for Windows Store apps using DirectX and C++
To successfully start creating Windows Store apps, you'll need the following at a minimum:
- A Windows Store developer account. To get one, go to the Windows Store Dashboard and follow the on-screen directions.
- Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. To get them, do one of the following:
- A developer license for Windows 8. To get one, see Get a developer license.
- For everyone
- What's a Windows Store app?
- Windows Store app development: the basics
- Windows 8 Product Guide for Developers
- Make great Windows Store apps
- For developers
- Develop Windows Store apps using Visual Studio 2012
- Objective-C versus C#: an introduction
- Windows Dev Camps
- Windows Store App Labs
- For designers and developers
- Design case study: iPad to Windows Store app
- Download design assets for Windows Store apps
Build date: 5/10/2013