How to create an app for Windows 8: As I explained to you in my guide on how to use windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft has introduced a new user interface borrowed from Windows Phone and a new type of universal applications (operating on PCs and tablets with Windows 8 and Windows RT) called Modern Apps. Would you like to create one?
How to create an app for Windows 8
So get ready, because today we’ll find out together how to create an app for Windows 8 and distribute it publicly on the Windows Store. In this way you can give vent to your creativity and create applications that – who knows – could also be successful all over the world. There are various ways to achieve this, some a little more demanding and others really within everyone’s reach. Let’s see them in detail.
If you want to learn how to create an app for Windows 8, you need a PC equipped with the latest version of the Microsoft operating system (Windows 8 / Windows 8.1) and software Visual Studio Express which you can download for free from This Page. Visual Studio is also available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012, but on none of these platforms does it allow the development of applications for Windows 8 / RT.
After installing Visual Studio Express on your PC, start the program and register your copy by clicking on the appropriate item. You will need to log in to the Microsoft website using your Outlook / Hotmail account data and fill in a short questionnaire, so you will get the free code needed to register Visual Studio Express.
When the operation is complete, you must also activate yours developer license, without which it is impossible to develop and test apps for Windows 8. Then click on the button I accept and connected with your Microsoft account to complete the operation. The license is valid for 30 days, after which it must be renewed.
Now you can give vent to your creativity and write the application by following one of the many guides available online on the subject. I recommend that you first take a look at official Microsoft website, where there is a five-step tutorial on developing and publishing apps for Windows 8, and then reading the in-depth guide of HTML.it in which all the steps that lead first to the development and then to the publication of an app on the Windows Store.
About the Windows Store, know that to publish your app you must necessarily create a Microsoft developer account and pay an application fee for the developer program of 37 euros / year (or 75 euros / year for company accounts). For more information on Microsoft developer accounts, see this web page.
There are also alternative solutions for create an app for Windows 8. IdeaPress for example, it allows you to create applications for Windows 8 / RT from WordPress blogs without writing a single line of code.
Just connect to the service site, follow the online wizard that is proposed and choose which categories of news to include in the app. Then you have to select a graphic theme among those available and proceed with the publication of the application on the Windows Store (which as previously mentioned, requires a Microsoft developer account). Find a step-by-step guide on how to use it here.
I’ll point you out later G! Make App which also allows you to create applications for Windows 8 / RT without having a thorough knowledge of programming languages. In the app you can insert texts, images, social content (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), RSS feeds and maps in a few clicks.
The basic version of the service is free, but of course the subscription for the Microsoft developer account necessary for publication on the Windows Store must be paid.