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iOS –> Winodws 8 Dev Resources


Windows 8 is a completely reimagined Windows. You can code once and have a great app experience that scales across devices from tablets to all-in-one PCs, from 10″ to 27″ screen sizes. The new Windows Store provides flexibility for selling your app and higher profit potential than the Apple App Store – with an 80% revenue share when you reach $25,000 USD or more in total sales. Unlike Cocoa Touch, which only use Objective-C, the Windows Runtime gives you the flexibility to build native apps using C#, C++ and JavaScript. It’s easy to get started on Windows 8.

You can get started by heading to the Windows Store home page and clicking on the iOS Developers link on the navigation menu. Or you can use the convenient links below :).

One great way to target multiple platforms is to use a framework that will let you keep one code base that will work on different devices. Check out some of our cross-platform partners:

Get 30 days of tips, tricks and resources for Windows 8 development by signing up for 30 to Launch!

Register now for Wowzapp 2012!!

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Be part of the app revolution

Join thousands of developers worldwide, November 9-11, 2012, for Wowzapp the worldwide hackathon for Windows and build apps for the next generation of Windows.

There will be dozens of event venues from college campuses to Microsoft offices, all buzzing with energy, music, free food and more. New venues being added daily – check back to find the event near you.

Expert help, free resources

Microsoft app experts, developers and trainers will be available to assist your learning and coding.

Get the app

Download the Wowzapp app (created by students!) to use throughout the weekend. You can post questions for other Wowzapp attendees, stream tech talks happening at other locations and score points through the app to compete against other attendees!


Locations in East Region

Wowzapp is happening all over the world in 100+ locations. Here in East Region there are several events being held. They don’t all start at the same time, so be sure to click through to the registration page.

Getting Started

Get Windows 8

Remember, to program for Windows 8 you have to have Windows 8. You can buy Windows 8 online from the Microsoft Store, download a 90-day Windows 8 RTM evaluation or download it through an MSDN or DreamSpark Premium subscription.

Get the Development Tools

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the free development tools! You can download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 for free or download one of the full versions if you have an MSDN or DreamSpark subscription. You can also sign up for a 90-day trial of Windows Azure if you plan on using cloud services for your app.

Start Learning

Jumpstart your Windows 8 development skills so you can hit the ground running at Wowzapp!

  • Windows 8 30 to Launch – Tips, tricks and resources to take your app from idea to store.
  • Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – I blogged about this free Microsoft Press ebook that provides comprehensive coverage of programming for Windows 8 Apps, by Microsoft’s Kraig Brockschmidt.  This book is about writing WinRT apps using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.
  • HTML5 Game Starter Kit for Windows 8 – with the HTML5 Starter kit, how-to instructional video, along with the step by step guide, users will be able to set up a new Windows 8 game project with ease. This content was developed by Petri Tapio Wilhelmsen (@petriw) who also has a great blog.

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps

 win8programmingProgramming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript has been completed and is now available as a free ebook download from Microsoft Press.

“This free ebook provides comprehensive coverage of the platform for Windows Store apps. Since its second preview in August, we’ve added the remaining chapters on live tiles, notifications, background tasks, background transfers, networking, devices, printing, WinRT components, accessibility, localization, and the Windows Store itself. The final ebook contains 17 chapters. And of course all of the earlier chapters have also been reviewed and refined—over 800 pages in total, along with new and updated companion content!”

Click through to get the download and the companion content.

Start developing your Windows 8 app today. Generation App has tons of great resources for developers. Sign up today for tips, great documentation, videos and more!

Windows 8 Learning Sessions at Virginia Tech

Windows 8 Learning Sessions
Thursday, September 13th. 1pm-5pm
Squires Student Center, Room 219
(parking info)

Join us for a free learning sessions designed to help you start building applications for Windows 8 right away. We’ll show you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive, and beautiful applications. Following the sessions, there will be an InstallFest to prepare your system for hands-on development during Startup Weekend. This event is open to the local community and students. (Students, if you want to attend Startup Weekend email ed.donahue@microsoft.com for information about discounted registration.)

  1. The Windows 8 platform for apps
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined. Join this session to learn about the new platform for building applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Windows 8 apps.
  2. Everything web developers must know to build Windows 8 apps
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Learn how you can use your web skills to build Windows 8 apps. In this session you’ll discover how to harness the rich capabilities of Windows 8 through JavaScript and Windows Runtime. You will learn about navigation, user experience patterns and controls, inherent async design, and the seamless integration with the operating system that will let you create great apps.
  3. Integrating Windows 8 the experience with contracts
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Contracts are agreements between Windows and your app that allow you to integrate Windows 8 features into your app. For example, Windows 8 lets users share content from one application to another by using the Share contract. In this session, you’ll learn how contracts work and how to implement the built-in contracts such as Search, Share, Settings, and Play To.
  4. Bring your apps to life with tile and notifications
    (45 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)
    Tiles draw users back into your app by awakening your tile on the Start screen. Notifications delivered through the Windows Push Notification Service draw your users back into your app even when it’s not running. In this session you will learn how to implement Tiles and Notifications and how to create tiles that let users personalize their Start screen by creating deep links to specific places within your app.

The Campus Coder Show #3: Ben Snyder and Zach Hoefler

The Campus Coder is a half-hour podcast series that features interviews with student developers who have made the leap into professional development with Microsoft tools. It’s intended to educate, entertain and enlighten aspiring student developers!

This week, Ed and Glen talk with Ben Snyder and Zach Hoefler, two students from the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. In this show, Ben and Zach talk about the awesomeness of participating in Global Gam Jams and strategies for doing your best work in just 48 hours. They also talk about their experiences using the Windows Phone developer tools. Ben and Zach have also been judges on the Imagine Cup competition, so you get some great hints for what judges are looking for in these competitions. Our guests also weigh with their opinion on the future of mobile and social gaming.

Listen to the full podcast here!

The Campus Coder Show #2: Nic Colley

The Campus Coder is a half-hour podcast series that features interviews with student developers who have made the leap into professional development with Microsoft tools. It’s intended to educate, entertain and enlighten aspiring student developers!

Tune in as Glen and Ed talk to Nic Colley (@niccolley), Imagine Cup Game Design winner in 2010. In this show, Nic tells us how he networked his way into the gaming industry, what he did to create a truly compelling Imagine Cup game and gives advice for getting hired in game development/design. There is so much good advice here it feels like an hour show condensed to a half hour. Developers, designers and artists in the game industry need to hear this! As a bonus, you’ll also get to find out what James Cameron thinks of Nic’s Imagine Cup game!

Listen to the full podcast here!

The Campus Coder Show #1: Chevon Christie

The Campus Coder is a half-hour podcast series that features interviews with student developers who have made the leap into professional development with Microsoft tools. It’s intended to educate, entertain and enlighten aspiring student developers!

Chevon Christie (@chevonchr) is a student developer in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York. Chevon has had great success in creating Windows Phone apps.

Join us for a half hour and hear Chevon describe how his foresight about Windows Phone helped him be a successful app publisher right out of the gate. Chevon also shares some great resources that you won’t want to miss. As a bonus, you’ll get to hear what Glen’s first computer was – it might surprise you.

Listen to the full podcast here!