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May 23, 2014

New Windows app development training resources now available

We’ve recently released a few outstanding new resources for those looking to build apps for Windows, so I wanted to make sure you have all the latest information so you can get started. Here are the details:

Windows Phone 8.1 Development for Absolute Beginners

If you are brand new to software development, welcome! The Channel 9 Absolute Beginner series is designed to provide you all the basic information you need to deliver compelling apps for Windows Phone.

In this 10+ hour series, we walk you through all the fundamental building blocks of a Windows Phone app, and get you to the stage of producing several apps worthy of publication in the Windows Phone Store.

While this training’s style and pace are definitely targeted at the beginner, here are a few things to note:

  • If you’ve never done any programming before, it’s highly recommended that you start with our course on C# Fundamentals, available at
  • If you are an experienced developer, you may find the pace a little on the slow side; we’ve also provided a PDF of the course which is an outstanding, skim-able resource that many folks find extremely useful when investigating the platform. Download it at

Building Apps for Windows Phone 8.1 Jumpstart

While this training is driven from the perspective of developers who are targeting Windows Phone first, all of this material is delivered with an eye towards building universal Windows apps that can be targeted for delivery on Windows tablets, laptops and PCs as well.

This is a 16 hour, 23 module set of training resources, designed to provide current developers everything needed to build apps leveraging all of the most important developer scenarios on Windows Phone.

You can find this training at, (and all of the demos from the course are at

New app provides access to Microsoft development resources

We recently launched a new app, #wpdev, created to provide developers with access to official Microsoft resources related to building apps for the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. With this app you’ll have access to the latest blog posts, training resources, and partner resources. Best of all, we’ll also help you connect with our tech advisors – specialists in developing apps for the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. Download the #wpdev app and be part of the great community of Windows platform developers!

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