- Start by getting Windows 8 installed. Windows 8 apps require the Windows 8 API for design
and testing. Luckily you’re a Student, so you can get Windows 8 for free through your school’s DreamSpark subscription – Check to see if your school is enrolled. If your school doesn’t have DreamSpark (ask them to get it!), you can also:
- Next you need Developer Tools. And we have the best tools for the job J. As a Student, you get access to our professional level tools for free with DreamSpark.
- Download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 OR
- Download Visual Studio 2012 Professional (requires verification)
- Now for the fun part! Build and Test your App
Before you start developing, watch this short video. It shows you the cool features and design principles behind Windows 8 apps.
Special resources for student developers:
- Download the Getting Started Guide.
- Find a helpful overview on the Windows Dev Center. Including learning tools, code samples, templates and more.
- Try a Hands-on Lab with exercises to get you started.
- Windows 8 app developer blog – Insights on building Metro style apps for Windows 8, by the Windows 8 engineering team.
- Info on Debugging and Testing Windows 8 Apps.
- eBook on building Windows 8 Apps.
- Moment of Truth: Sell your App in the Windows Store!