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FREE Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 – everything you need to build apps for Windows 8. Also available for verified students – FREE Visual Studio Professional 2012.
Getting started
Windows 8 Apps development

Steps to building your app

1. GET YOUR WINDOWS 8 DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
No charge to students. Includes Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8.
Get all the development tools you need with one click above.
IMPORTANT: Windows 8 is required to build, test and publish modern[Metro] Windows 8 apps.
Windows 8 is free for students at universities with a DreamSpark
Premium subscription. Check to see if your school is enrolled.
Get a free 90-day trial.
Special offers to buy Windows 8 now.
2. BUILD AND TEST YOUR APP
Before you start developing, watch this short video. It shows you the cool features and design principles behind Windows 8 apps.

Accelerate your app development! Create your FREE Visual Studio Online account, host your code in the cloud, collaborate with your team and keep your app on track. Reserve your alias now youralias.visualstudio.com and learn more.
Special resources for student developers

   Download the Getting Started Guide.

   Find a helpful overview on the Windows Dev Center including learning tools, code samples, templates and more.

   Try a Hands-on Lab with exercises to get you started.

   Windows 8 app developer blog - Insights on building Metro style apps for Windows 8, by the Windows 8 engineering team.

   Info on Debugging and Testing Windows 8 Apps.

   eBook on building Windows 8 Apps.

3. SELL YOUR APP IN THE WINDOWS STORE
As a verified student, you can publish and sell apps in the Windows Store for free.
Get your Registration Code.
IMPORTANT: The Windows Store is only available in the countries/regions listed in the Windows Store Registration page.
4. WIN CASH AND TRAVEL WITH IMAGINE CUP
You’ve worked hard to build an amazing Windows 8 app. Why not see if it can win you some cash, and maybe even travel? Enter your app in one of three Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions: Games, Innovation, or World Citizenship. You could win $50,000 (USD) and a trip to Seattle, USA for the Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals. Learn more.