Hands-on labs for Store apps – Windows app development

Hands-on labs for Windows 8

This is a series of eight hands-on lab modules that guide you through development of Contoso Cookbook, a realistic Windows Store app that incorporates many of the key new features available in Windows 8. You'll learn to work with Windows 8 controls, contracts, tiles and notifications, the Windows Store APIs, and other Windows 8 features. Choose the version of the lab series for the programming language you prefer: JavaScript and HTML, or C# and Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML).

Note:Contoso Cookbook and the related labs are being updated for Windows 8.1. When these labs are complete, they will be available here.

System requirements

  • Supported operating systems: Windows 8
  • Also required: Microsoft Visual Studio 2012


  1. Click one of the Download links on this page. Choose the one for the programming language that you prefer.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To start the installation immediately, click Open.
    • To save the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save.
    • To cancel the installation, click Cancel.