Top dev resources for Windows Consumer Preview
Just a few months after the Developer Preview, the Windows team has released the Windows 8 Consumer preview. In case you didn’t notice, we have been working our butts off.
So, if you’re foaming at the mouth to get the latest dev bits, you’re probably wondering what’s next to do…
- Download the Consumer Preview (ISO) / (Web installer)
- Get the VS11 Express bits if you are developing for Metro / Get VS11 Pro if you are a Desktop or hardware developer
- Get the Windows SDK for Consumer Preview
- Learn how to develop for Windows on the Windows Dev Center
Watch the Jensen Video
If you entered the Windows 8 first Apps Contest, the winners have been announced,
Having played around with the developer content extensively, I have a few tips for finding some key pages:
The UX Guidelines for Metro style apps have tons of pro tips on Metro style design and the new user interactions for Windows 8. Bookmark this page and read them repeatedly until you can whip together Metro style interfaces with your eyes shut. This content is the how and what of Metro UX/UI.
The User Experience (UX) design patterns for Metro style apps page has the best design resources for common patterns we anticipate developers to use. Read these pages and pay attention, following these design guidelines is what will ensure that your app will fit in with Windows and really gets into the why of Metro UX/UI.
If this isn’t enough, you can read my notes from the past couple months on Windows 8 programming:
- So you want to make your app Metro
- Rehash: 8 great traits of Metro style design
- Download my projects to get a jumpstart on making apps
- Read my notes on Windows 8 XAML/C# animations
- Read my tutorial on how to Program Windows 8 Games in C#/XAML
Read the official announcements here: