Join the Game On Virtual Event

Learn how to build a Windows 8 game in record time at this free virtual event! Using GameMaker: Studio from YoYo Games, both novices and professional developers can create and publish high-quality games faster than ever before. Thanks to built-in design options and drag-and-drop tools, you don’t need to have a game idea or development…


Helping Android developers build Windows Store apps

For those of you who are currently developing on Android, we have a lot of resources to help you bring your Google Play app to the Windows Store. On the Windows Dev Center, we have a whole section of Resources for Android developers. You’ll find everything you need to get started building for Windows, including…


Enter your app in the “Re-imagining Consumer Health with Windows 8 and HealthVault Challenge”

Healthcare is rapidly evolving, and the opportunity for developers to create apps that can help improve the lives of people around the world is bigger than ever. On May 13-14, 2013, Microsoft sponsored Health: Refactored, a 2-day conference in Silicon Valley for app builders, designers and tech experts interested in the Healthcare space to learn,…


Twitter for Windows 8 now available in the Windows Store

Twitter for Windows 8 is now available in the Windows Store. This app takes advantage of the unique Windows 8 experience (snapped view, live tiles, notifications, and charms) while retaining the look, feel, and functionality that customers have come to expect when using the Twitter service. Learn more at the Windows Experience Blog, where Brandon…


Announcing the Windows Startup Challenge

Ted Dworkin, Partner Program Manager for the Store, authored this post. In September, we partnered with Startup Weekend to give entrepreneurs technical mentorship, design guidance, and other valuable resources through a series of Windows Bootcamps. Today, we’re excited to announce the next stage of this work: the Windows Startup Challenge. This challenge—a joint effort between…

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Getting a content rating

Support for PEGI and other ratings systems is an important part of the Windows Store—we want people to always have a clear expectation of the type of content an app contains. Also, many countries such as Taiwan, South Africa, Brazil, and Korea, have consumer protection laws in place that require games to obtain and display…

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Cooking up a great Windows Store app

It’s exciting to see so many developers embracing the innovations of Windows 8 to create great apps that provide exceptional experiences. We had a chance to talk to the creators of the Allrecipes and Allrecipes Video Cookbook apps about their experience developing for Windows 8: Let’s take a closer look at how Allrecipes takes advantage…

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Expanding our commitment to Windows Store games

Today the Windows Store begins accepting games with a rating of PEGI 18. Windows has long been a favorite platform for games of all types, and age rating support for PEGI 18 is another step forward in a rich tradition of supporting gaming on Windows. We’ve described this support in Certification Requirement 5: Windows apps…

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Windows Store holiday schedule

From December 22nd through January 1st, the Windows Store team will have fewer staff on-hand, as team members spend the holidays with their families. We’ll continue to review and certify your apps during this time—it will just take a little longer. If you’re hoping to get your app certified and in the Store before the…

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5 tips to get your apps certified quickly

From the beginning, we designed the Windows Store to be a partnership between developers and Microsoft. We’re committed to ensuring that our certification requirements and app submission processes are clear and easily understood, so that you, the developer, can create high-quality apps that customers love. In this post, we want to highlight a few of…

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