FAQ for New Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Developers

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What do I need to develop Windows 8 applications?
You need a Windows 8 machine and Visual Studio 2012 (it can be the express edition).

What do I need to develop Windows Phone 8 applications?
You need a Windows 8 Pro 64-bit machine, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Phone 8.0 SDK

What do I need to develop Azure applications with Mobile Services?
You need the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Account (first 90 days are free).

What do I need to develop apps that use Windows Live ID Authentication?
You need to download and install the Live SDK.

What do I need to develop apps that use Bing Maps?
You need to download and install the Bing SDK.

What FREE tool can I use for version control?
For teams of 5 people or less use TFService.

How do I publish my Windows 8 app to the Store?
You need a Windows developer account. $48 per year of free with MSDN subscription.

How do I publish my Windows Phone app to the Store?
You need a Windows Phone developer account. $99 per year or free with MSDN subscription.

How much does it cost to use Azure services?
Here is a link with pricing information for Azure.

Where do I find Windows 8 samples?
The most samples you will find is at dev.windows.com.

Where do I start if I’m new to Windows 8 development?
I would recommend the Hands-on-labs for Windows 8 applications.

What is the link for the Windows Phone store?
You can check the windows phone store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store

What language do I use to write Windows 8 apps?
You can choose between:
– HTML5 (Java Script and CSS);
– XAML, with code-behind in C++, C#, or Visual Basic;
– Native C++ and HLSL (to take full advantage of graphics hardware);

What is the link for the Windows Phone developer resources?
Go to http://dev.windowsphone.com/

What software should I use for version control?
Even if you are one person team, you should use TFS (Team Foundation Service). Unfortunately the TFS integration is not available on Visual Studio Express. If you are using Visual Studio Pro, TFS is free for teams of up to 5 people tfs.visualstudio.com

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