As a student you get a DreamSpark membership for FREE which give you access to tools like Visual Studio Professional and a membership in the Microsoft Dev Center you can submit applications for publication to all users of Windows Phone.
Windows Phone is the best-designed mobile operating system with the best developer platform and its FREE and easy for student and academics to get started on the platform with FREE Teaching and learning resources at Microsoft Faculty Connection including a complete Windows Phone curriculum.
Windows Phone has seen one of the strongest consumer momentum,growing at a rate 6 times faster than the overall Smartphone market according to our internal analysis of available data.
So if your interested in beginning to develop a portfolio of real apps then here are some outstanding resources to get you started, based on your skill level.
1.Windows Phone App Studio is a great tool that makes developing Windows Phone applications easier for beginners. In fact, some developers have gotten up and running on it in as little as 10 minutes.
2.If you’re new to traditional software development, Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners is an easy-to-follow, 35-part course that takes you from beginning to end in building two completely Store-worthy apps.
3. Experienced developers can learn the ropes of Windows Phone development in our fast-paced, demo-rich online course, Windows Phone 8 Jump Start.
You’ll also find ways to have some fun with your app development, in Nokia’s DVLUP program. There, the apps you submit help you complete challenges and earn XP (experience points) you can redeem for rewards — everything from gift cards to the latest Nokia Lumia devices. Terms and Conditions of DVLUP apply.