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Build universal Windows apps and see your future
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FREE Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows with Update 4 – everything you need to build apps for Windows 8.1. Also available for verified students – FREE Visual Studio Professional 2013 with Update 4.
Getting started
Universal Windows app development for phones, tablets and PCs

Steps to building your app

1. GET YOUR WINDOWS 8.1 DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
No charge to students. Includes Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows with Update 4.
Get all the development tools you need with one click above.
IMPORTANT: Windows 8.1 is required to build, test and publish universal Windows apps targeting Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 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 8.1 now.
2. BUILD AND TEST YOUR APP
Before you start developing, take a look at the design inspiration examples and guidance at http://design.windows.com .

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 HTML/JavaScript or XAML/C# Hands-on Lab with exercises to get you started. Download the HTML/JavaScript lab (approximately 235MB) or the XAML/C# lab (approximately 250MB).

   Info on Debugging and Testing Windows 8 Apps.

   Windows App Builder Blog – read what you need to build, design, and market your apps.

   Free eBooks on Microsoft Windows development.

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 Store 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 2015 World Finals. Learn more.
5. BUILDING FOR WINDOWS 8?
Windows 8.1 apps have new features, such as enhanced device access and new controls, not available to Windows 8 apps. However, if you want to continue to support customers running on Windows 8, you’ll need to create a Windows 8 version of your app. See how here.