I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on machine learning and big data on Azure.
I have run a number of Windows 8 student events recently at numerous universities and colleges, and I’m gearing up to start again for the fall. Here is the list of links and resources that I provide to students, gathered in one place.
Getting set up
Visual Studio Windows 8 Development Resources
Scirra Construct 2 Resources
I need help!
First, here are some general event resources. This includes a document on where to get free assets (sprites, backgrounds, sound effects, and music) and a PowerPoint describing the different types of Creative Commons licensing. This can help with game development.
Get Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012
If you already have Windows 8, download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 (free download, halfway down the page in blue). If you already own Visual Studio 2012 in the Professional, Premium, or Ultimate editions, that will work too.
If you don’t have Windows 8, either install it (and then see above) or follow the instructions on Keith’s blog to set up a Windows 8 dev environment on Windows Azure.
Register for the Windows Store
Registering for the Windows Store is a two-step process for students.
A company called Scirra makes an awesome tool called Construct 2 for game development. Games created with Construct 2 can be exported as Windows Store apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone apps, Android apps, iOS apps, and more.
TouchDevelop is a development environment optimized for touch, created by Microsoft Research. Apps created with TouchDevelop can be exported to Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
If you are working on your Windows 8 app and get stuck, you can get help from the forums listed above, or directly from me and my team.
The following programs and promotions may be beneficial.
App Builder Program – Learn to build Windows 8 and/or Windows Phone apps, and earn points to redeem for rewards (including XBOX games, Xbox LIVE 3-Month Gold Membership, Windows 8 Pro Upgrade, and/or developer registration costs paid for the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store!)