Today, various Microsoft team blogs joined together in announcing some huge news to the tech industry. Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing and will soon be available to download – first for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, then via other channels.

This means the Windows Store is now open, according to this single statement from the Windows Store blog’s post:

Starting today, any qualifying business in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8!

Visual Studio 2012 has hit RTM as well, so all the tools you need to build and submit apps will be available soon as well.

If you've been on the fence about getting started with Windows 8 development, here are some things to help you get off that fence - on the right side!

Devcamps and Hackathons

Come out to one of our imminent Windows 8 devcamps and hackathons and spend a day learning about Windows 8 development, and a day doing where you build an app, get some help, and win prizes! In the southeast, we'll be in Atlanta on August 3-4 and Raleigh on August 17-18.

Generation App

Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 app. Get started at www.generationapp.com and receive:

  • Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development.
  • Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect.
  • An exclusive one-on-one Windows 8 style design consultation.
  • An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App Excellence Lab.

Your new Windows 8 app could be mere days away.

Learn how to make your app succesful 

My colleague Chris Bowen has just published a really useful post on The Top 10 Windows 8 Secrets of App Success. Some great tips in there on dealing with screen sizes, managing online/offline scenarios, and more. Following those tips will really help differentiate your app from the competition!