imageEver since /build, the excitement over Windows 8 has continued to grow and grow and grow. Lately, there have been several pieces of information, announcements, resources, and more that have come out around Windows 8, including several yesterday, so I thought I’d share a collection of some of the ones I’ve found interesting and thought you might too:

  1. Windows Store for developers – The Windows Store was announced in September and allows developers to share their Windows 8 apps with users everywhere and just recently, we held a Windows Store Preview event in San Francisco. There has been a great deal of information shared out about the Windows Store, including: how it is designed, developer participation, revenue sharing, videos, etc. and here is where you can find a bunch of these:
    • The new Windows Store for Developers Blog – Dedicated to informing developers both on the progress of the Store as a service, and the platform and economic opportunity the Store represents. Check out their initial post, “Previewing the Windows Store,” which includes a ton of information, pictures, videos, etc. about the Windows Store.
    • By the way, did you notice the fact that developers make higher revenue percentages as their apps become more successful? Very cool! Smile
  2. Metro Style App Dev Center – Looking to be part of the huge Windows Metro Style App development opportunity? Well, how about some resources to help you out? Here you’ll find things like:
    • Windows 8 News and Announcements
    • Learning to Build Apps: Getting started, Planning apps, Developing Apps, Differentiating Apps, Metro Style App reference
    • Resource links
    • Samples
    • and more…
  3. Windows 8 Developer Preview – Well let’s face it… If you’re going to be developing apps for Windows 8, you’re going to need to have your hands on Windows 8, so let’s get you there. The Windows 8 Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers, and gets you access to the code to start working with today. Here you will find downloads and information for: Windows 8 Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64), Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64), Windows 8 Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86), How to install the Windows 8 Developer Preview from an ISO image, & Live SDK.
  4. Windows 8 First Apps Contest – C’mon, admit it… If you’re someone who builds things (like apps), there’s nothing like a fun competition for prizes to kick up your excitement level at least a notch or two higher. Smile Well, we have announced the Windows 8 First Apps Contest where you can submit your apps that you develop and we’ll be selecting eight (8) winners and look at what the winners get:
    • Be the very first apps in the Windows Store when it opens
    • A Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC from the BUILD conference, so you can test your apps with touch and sensors
    • One year of Windows Azure, so you can build apps that feel connected and alive
    • A two-year subscription to the Store, so you can continue to update and improve your app
    1. Now, you do have to get your apps submitted by January 8th and there are some rules to the contest, so be sure to head out to the Windows 8 First Apps Contest page to find out all of the details right away so you can get started. Good luck to all of you!
  5. Windows Store Forum - Your feedback and questions are extremely important to us. To that end, we have created a dedicated Store forum for all of our conversations.
  6. Building Windows 8 Team Blog - An inside look from the Windows engineering team
  7. Windows 8 Developer Preview Guide
  8. Windows Store Fact Sheet

Here’s a quick “Windows 8 – Previewing the Windows Store” video that does a great job of giving you a quick overview of the opportunity that Windows Store brings to you and about Windows Store:

Now I know that the list above is not an all-inclusive list of Windows 8 information resources, but I do hope the items above help get you pointed in the right direction and up and running in your quest for more information and resources on Windows 8. If you have any other Microsoft resources you think would be helpful for others to be aware of for Windows 8, drop me a note in the comments section. Also, remember to keep up with the Windows Team through all of their social media assets as they share information on an ongoing basis. For those of you with the Microsoft Partner Info app installed on your phones, you have 1-click access to these in the Products section of the app.

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