Get started – Windows app development

Get started

Get the samples

Screen shots of sample apps

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to look at an example, so we've created hundreds of Windows Store and Windows Phone Store app samples for you to learn from. You can also download all the official samples at one time by getting the universal Windows app samples pack.

Browse the samples gallery

Take it further

Port an existing app

Do you have iOS or Android experience? These resources will help you get started building Windows Runtime apps.


Get templates, tools, and guidelines for designing great Windows Runtime apps.


Learn more about the tools, adding features to your app, and packaging and testing your app. This section also contains API reference, how-to topics, and samples.

Develop games

Reuse your existing code, take advantage of new form factors and entertainment experiences, and publish your game.

App Studio

Go from idea to Windows Runtime app in record time!

Windows 8.1 feature guide

Interested in what’s new for developers? Learn about the Windows 8.1 API and feature changes.