This article was originally published on December 19, 2012 for Windows 8, and have recently been updated to reflect Windows 10 compatibility. Comments on developing your own great Windows 10 apps are most welcome.
Microsoft has published a series of guides on making better Windows 8 or universal Windows 10 App. Besides their dedicated developer’s tool, Microsoft Visual Studio has dedicated Windows app building features, Microsoft is going fierce on requesting developers to build apps for Windows 8 and then Windows 10. Here is a starting guide so that you can start making your own Windows 8 or transport to as Windows 10 app.
DOWNLOAD THE TOOLS AND SDK
Get the tools you need to build Windows apps for Windows 8/10. Free download includes Microsoft Visual Studio Express for Windows 8/10 and Blend for Visual Studio to help jump start your app development project.
EXPLORE THE DOCUMENTATION
Microsoft docs are optimized to make you more productive. Discover everything you need to plan, build, and sell great apps in the Windows Store.
READ THE DEVELOPER GUIDE
Windows 8/10 has many powerful features for developers. Discover the new features for Desktop, Web, and Windows Store app developers.
BUILD APPS WITH THE EXPERTS AT WINDOWS DEV CAMPS
Dev Camps are free events that bring together developers like you to learn more about building apps. Learn interactively and get advice from expert app developers in hundreds of locations around the world.
Microsoft wants more apps in Windows app store since the expectation of Windows Stores applications is not been met even the threshold. As of now, just a few thousand apps are available in the Windows store.