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Using a Windows 8 PC?
Then developing apps for Windows Phone begins here.
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IMPORTANT: Developing Windows Phone 8 apps requires you to be running Windows 8 on your development PC. If your PC is running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should consider developing a Windows Phone 7 app.
PREREQUISITES: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro with a 64-bit (x64) CPU, 6.5 GB of free hard disk space. 4 GB RAM. To use the Windows Phone 8 emulator your PC must have Windows 8 Pro or greater and a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
Getting started
Windows Phone 8 App Development
Do you want to join the app revolution and create apps for the reimagined Windows Phone 8? Now you can. With DreamSpark you can get the same tools used by professional developers and designers AND sell your creation in the Windows Phone Store. With DreamSpark, you can be registered into the Windows Phone Center for free, saving you the $99 USD registration fee. 1. Get your Tools On installation you can select the download components you need to complete your development environment. The full installation package includes:    Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone
   Windows Phone Emulator
   Blend for Windows Phone
  Store Test Kits
2. Learn, build and test your app
Here are some useful resources to guide you in building your first Windows Phone 8 app.

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.

Learn and build
Download the Getting Started Guide for helpful resources and videos.
Check out the Windows Phone 7 Jump Start video series.
Connect your app to Mobile Services to support Live Push Notifications, Facebook and Twitter users, and easily store and query data.
Learn and build
Testing
The Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone 8 comes with a full functioning Windows Phone emulator and Store Test Kit. Utilize the testing tools to test your app’s native image, implement app monitoring and profiling as well as simulate how your app will respond to low bandwidth and other real-life scenarios.
Note: To use the Windows Phone 8 emulator your PC must have Windows 8 Pro or greater and a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT).
3. Publish your app
As a student you can publish your app to the Windows Phone Dev Center at no charge.
All you need is to have a verified DreamSpark account and retrieve a registration code.

GET YOUR REGISTRATION CODE.
Get your app out there for people to see! Go to the Windows Phone Dev Center to distribute and merchandise your Windows Phone apps to the world.
4. Win cash and travel with Imagine Cup
You’ve worked hard to build an amazing Windows Phone 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.

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SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT - MICROSOFT DREAMSPARK STUDENT
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c. Termination
Microsoft may terminate the entire DreamSpark program or your specific Student Subscription at any time without prior notice to you for any reason or no reason.
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• for commercial purposes (except as permitted under Section 3(d); or

• to develop or maintain your own administrative or IT systems.
d. No commercial use. If you use the software to create software programs, you may only commercially use or distribute them upon the purchase of appropriate commercial license(s) for the software.
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4. NOT FOR RESALE SOFTWARE
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5. SUPPORT SERVICES
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9. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY.
The Student Subscription is provided “as-is.” You bear the risk of using/participating in it. Microsoft gives no express warranties, guarantees or conditions. You may have additional consumer rights under your local laws which this agreement cannot change. To the extent permitted under your local laws, Microsoft excludes the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.
10. LIMITATION ON AND EXCLUSION OF REMEDIES AND DAMAGES. You can recover from Microsoft and its suppliers only direct damages up to U.S. $5.00. You cannot recover any other damages, including consequential, lost profits, special, indirect or incidental damages.
This limitation applies to

• anything related to the software, services, content (including code) on third party Internet sites, or third party programs; and

• claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, guarantee or condition, strict liability, negligence, or other tort to the extent permitted by applicable law.

It also applies even if Microsoft knew or should have known about the possibility of the damages. The above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you because your country may not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental, consequential or other damages.
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