• Blog Post: Join the Game On Virtual Event

    Learn how to build a Windows 8 game in record time at this free virtual event! Using GameMaker: Studio from YoYo Games, both novices and professional developers can create and publish high-quality games faster than ever before. Thanks to built-in design options and drag-and-drop tools, you don’t need...
  • Blog Post: Helping Android developers build Windows Store apps

    For those of you who are currently developing on Android, we have a lot of resources to help you bring your Google Play app to the Windows Store. On the Windows Dev Center , we have a whole section of Resources for Android developers . You’ll find everything you need to get started building for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Enter your app in the “Re-imagining Consumer Health with Windows 8 and HealthVault Challenge”

    Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and the opportunity for developers to create apps that can help improve the lives of people around the world is bigger than ever. On May 13-14, 2013, Microsoft sponsored Health: Refactored , a 2-day conference in Silicon Valley for app builders, designers and tech experts...
  • Blog Post: Twitter for Windows 8 now available in the Windows Store

    Twitter for Windows 8 is now available in the Windows Store . This app takes advantage of the unique Windows 8 experience (snapped view, live tiles, notifications, and charms) while retaining the look, feel, and functionality that customers have come to expect when using the Twitter service. Learn more...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Windows Startup Challenge

    Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store, authored this post. In September, we partnered with Startup Weekend to give entrepreneurs technical mentorship, design guidance, and other valuable resources through a series of Windows Bootcamps. Today, we’re excited to announce the next stage of this...
  • Blog Post: Getting a content rating

    Support for PEGI and other ratings systems is an important part of the Windows Store—we want people to always have a clear expectation of the type of content an app contains . Also, many countries such as Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil, and Korea, have consumer protection laws in place that require games...
  • Blog Post: Cooking up a great Windows Store app

    It’s exciting to see so many developers embracing the innovations of Windows 8 to create great apps that provide exceptional experiences. We had a chance to talk to the creators of the Allrecipes and Allrecipes Video Cookbook apps about their experience developing for Windows 8: Let’s take a closer look...
  • Blog Post: Expanding our commitment to Windows Store games

    Today the Windows Store begins accepting games with a rating of PEGI 18. Windows has long been a favorite platform for games of all types, and age rating support for PEGI 18 is another step forward in a rich tradition of supporting gaming on Windows. We’ve described this support in Certification Requirement...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store holiday schedule

    From December 22 nd through January 1 st , the Windows Store team will have fewer staff on-hand, as team members spend the holidays with their families. We’ll continue to review and certify your apps during this time—it will just take a little longer. If you’re hoping to get your app certified and in...
  • Blog Post: 5 tips to get your apps certified quickly

    From the beginning, we designed the Windows Store to be a partnership between developers and Microsoft. We’re committed to ensuring that our certification requirements and app submission processes are clear and easily understood, so that you, the developer, can create high-quality apps that customers...
  • Blog Post: Get a jump on development with Windows Store App Labs

    It’s been an incredibly exciting year. Since last year’s //Build conference, nearly half a million developers, designers and entrepreneurs from more than 80 countries have started building great, high-quality, Windows 8 apps. To build these apps, they’ve taken advantage of many of the tools, training...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Store is open

    Throughout the Windows 8 preview timeframe, we’ve been humbled by interest in the Windows Store and amazed at the level of creativity you’ve poured into app development on the new platform. With today’s launch of Windows 8, we’re excited to open the Windows Store to the world, providing new opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store now open to all developers in 120 markets

      Today’s an especially great day to be a developer. We’re very excited to announce the last significant milestone in the rollout of the Windows Store before the general availability of Windows 8 on October 26. The Store is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies...
  • Blog Post: RTM Windows Store is now open for paid apps, company accounts

    Today marks an important milestone for the Windows Store as we move from preview toward the general availability of Windows 8. We’re again expanding our market coverage, committed as ever to creating a developer opportunity of unprecedented scale. We’re opening the Store up for company registrations...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store for Release Preview

    Welcome to the Release Preview Windows Store. In this post, we’ll describe a few of the improvements we’ve made to the user experience. We’ll also touch on a few updates that we've made to our app certification policy, in an effort to ensure guidelines and expectations remain clear. And, of course, we...
  • Blog Post: Making customer-focused decisions with Adoption reports

    With Windows 8, we provide you powerful tools in Visual Studio, and a rich API set to help you build great Metro style apps. But we know that you don't want to build just a great app—you want to build successful apps. We understand we have a responsibility to provide you with substantive data about your...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Metro style apps to businesses

    In previous posts, we’ve walked through making your apps available directly to customers using the Windows Store. In this post, Arik Cohen, Lead Program Manager for our Commerce and Licensing team, describes how to build, deploy and manage Metro style apps for business customers. --Antoine As customers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store expanding to new markets

    From the time of our very first conversations about the Windows Store, we’ve been determined to deliver a global service – one that scales in every dimension. We want to support developers regardless of where they are, and give customers apps that match their interests, including local offerings. We...
  • Blog Post: Linking to your apps on the web

    In previous posts, we’ve talked about the unprecedented opportunity the Windows Store presents for developers, and all the ways customers can discover apps from within the Windows Store . We know that customers also look for apps via the web. In this post, Russell Wolf, a program manager on the Store...
  • Blog Post: Submitting your Windows 8 apps

    Apps – your apps – are the heart of the Windows Store. When we set out to design the app submission experience, we wanted developers to be able to get their apps into the Store as easily and quickly as possible. We thought a lot about reducing friction, inspiring confidence through transparency...
  • Blog Post: Designing the Windows Store user experience

    We've had the opportunity to demo aspects of the Store experience at a few recent events—at our //build/ conference, at the Store Preview event , and then just last week at CES. We thought it would be helpful at this point to describe the full Store customer experience for browsing and searching the...
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