create apps for a new generation. Windows 8 launches a world of opportunity for student developers. It is Windows made faster, more fluid and responsive to touch. And yours. it puts apps and active live tiles at everyone’s fingertips. You can be a first mover in this amazing app revolution, and build Windows 8 apps that could launch your career. This guide will point you to the right developer tools, tutorials, and resources. Jump in. The next generation is what you make it.
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