Windows 8 resources for JavaScript and HTML5 developers

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If you’re reading this blog post, there’s a good chance you just saw me give a presentation on Windows 8 development with JavaScript, and now you’re looking for more resources.  If instead you arrived here through a search engine, then welcome all the same.

This post assumes you’re brand new to the Windows world.  I’ll tell you what to install and what to learn.

First off, visit the Windows Dev Center to download Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  I use the ISO version myself, and either burn a DVD or follow my colleague Daniel Egan’s instructions for making a bootable USB thumb drive.  You can install Windows directly on a PC, in a bootable VHD, or in a virtual machine.  The choice is yours.

Once you have Windows 8 running, go back to the Windows Dev Center to download the tools and SDK.  You’ll end up with Visual Studio 11 Express Edition, which is free.  Other editions of Visual Studio 11 can run on Windows 7, but the Express Edition only runs on Windows 8.

Next install the sample app pack, also from the Windows Dev Center.  This gives you several hundred megabytes of sample code.  While there, also consider downloading the design assets if you’ll be working with a designer who uses Photoshop.

Now that you have Windows 8 and the developer tools installed, take a look at some online videos from the Build conference, which happened in September 2011 and was where Windows 8 Developer Preview was unveiled.  This was an early version of Windows 8 suitable for developers.  Keep in mind that if you see content about Windows 8 development from before 29-Feb-2012, the author is most likely using the Developer Preview and not the Consumer Preview.  You may encounter differences between these two builds.

Start with these “Big Picture” videos.  You can pick and choose among other videos I list later, but I wouldn’t skip these four:

Next, take a look at concepts which are common across all development options (JavaScript/HTML5, .NET, and C++):

You’ve now got a solid foundation to build on.  Next, turn to these videos which dive deeper into JavaScript and HTML5:

There are even more videos from Build, and it’s worth taking a look at other titles available.  Just head over to  Also, training companies such as Pluralsight have created Windows 8 content.

The following sites, updated daily, aren’t specific to HTML5 and JavaScript development.  However, they contain Windows 8 articles and general news about the Microsoft development world:

Lastly, and most importantly, add the Building Windows 8 blog to your feed reader.  Steven Sinofsky and the Windows team post there.  Consider it the final word on all things Windows 8.

If you have any questions, the best place to turn is  Microsoft employees make sure that all questions are answered there.


Comments (4)
  1. Horizon_Net says:

    Great collection! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Madhu Rakhal Magar says:

    Great , collection . Thanks for sharing. Looking for wonderful HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 resources.

  3. Sanjeev agarwal says:

    Thanks a lot. You rock man!

  4. Excellent post on an outstanding collection of resources. Thanks immensely for sharing them with us.

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