Step 1 to Start Developing for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8

It’s the time of the New Year Resolutions and I want to start you on the one that will bring you prosperity and success!

Have you heard how exciting it is to be a Windows 8 developer? Have you heard you can reach 690,000,000 users and sell them your app? It’s the best opportunity for a developer out there. 40,000,000 users are already using Windows 8. There are 650,000,000 other Windows users that are moving or are expected to move to Windows 8.
Windows 8 Store
Do you know what else is exciting? It’s a new system, with new skills. You can be still one of the first Windows 8 developers out there.

Let’s start with the basics. Step 1.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account already, please sign up for one at:
https://login.live.com/

To develop for Windows RT (Windows Runtime) you need to develop on Windows 8.

You can work on a full version of Windows 8 Pro or you can download the 90 day evaluation version. I would choose the 64 bit version. (This way you can develop for Windows Phone 8 too!)

You need to download the SDK/tools (Visual Studio comes with Expression Blend).

If you cannot dedicate a machine to Windows 8, please read this blog post on how to install Windows 8 via boot to VHD.

Are you ready for more? FAQ for new developers.
Windows 8 Store
I hope you start today and I’ll be here to help you. I’ll be writing more blog articles for you with next steps.
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