Yesterday, Microsoft announced that the Windows Store is open to all developers in 120 Markets.  You can read more about it at the Windows Store for Developers Blog.

If you’ve already signed up—fantastic. We’re ready for your app. Haven’t signed up yet? Getting started is easy—just go to the Windows Store Dashboard on the Windows Dev Center and sign up. The dev tools are free, the SDK is ready, and we have a ton of great supporting content to help you build your app and submit it for Store certification. Sign up now, reserve your app names—we look forward to seeing your app in the Store in time for the general availability of Windows 8.

To kick start your effort, we’ve got some great events upcoming on the West Coast.

 

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Join us for Hands-On-Labs and Application Competition!

Windows 8 is the single biggest opportunity for developers, EVER! Come to a Windows 8 Unleashed event (happening now, in a city near you). Kick-start your Windows 8 development in one of these events, hosted by developers for developers.

Agenda

Session I – Overview

  • Metro Style Apps Overview
  • Developing Metro Style Apps
  • Working with Controls
  • Implementing Navigation

Session II – Location and Data

  • Working with Location
  • Data Binding
  • Roaming
  • App Bar

Session III – Metro Principals

  • Live Tiles & Toast
  • Contracts
  • Full, Fill, Snap and Portrait Views
  • Advertising
  • Session IV
  • Application Competition!

 

Register Now - HERE

 

Required Software and Downloads

Please make sure to get the required software and downloads BEFORE coming to an event. You can find everything you need on the “Windows 8 Unleashed Installs” page.