Windows 8 Developer resources
If you are a Windows developer then I'm sure you will agree that we are living in a very interesting time. In light of the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has launched a very ambitious campaign in an effort to win the interest of developers. What's most impressive is the amount of developer resources that Microsoft has developed to teach developers how to design and develop applications for Windows 8 and the Windows App Store.
I recently ran across a site that dedicated to helping developers create a Windows 8 application and publish to the App store in 30 days. This Microsoft funded site has divided 30 days into daily tasks and articles that will lead you on the way to developing your first Windows 8 application. They've even offered a free 1:1 consultation with an expert developer via telephone to assist with development. They've provided Windows 8 PhotoShop design templates for download, example applications and tons of other design and development resources.
The official Windows 8 release is just around the corner but Microsoft has provided a full featured 90 day trial version of Windows 8 for developers to download so they don't have to wait to begin developing their applications.
I think Microsoft is taking all the right steps to get our attention and I'm excited about the road ahead. I would like to see a little more along the lines of .NET development in the world of Windows 8 as well as more resources for learning WinRT. In any case, Microsoft, I say kudos to you. I plan to take advantage of the resources and I will track my 30 day application experience in a series of blog posts. Stay tuned.
Dev Center - Windows Store apps
Navigation design for Windows Store apps