Derek Lakin

Getting Started with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

There are plenty of posts around on how to actually install the Windows 8 consumer Preview, so I’m not going to both covering that right now, but there were a couple of really useful resources that I wanted to highlight.

First up is some great design resources for designing the user experience for Metro style apps: http://design.windows.com. This includes:

  • Guidance on how to implement common design patterns in Metro style apps for navigation, commanding and touch interaction.
  • PhotoShop design assets for common controls and layouts.
  • Detailed UX guidelines.
  • Guidance for assessing usability.

The other resource is a collection of approximately 200 sample applications in C#, VB.NET, C++, and JavaScript covering pretty much every topic for the new SDK for Windows 8 Metro-style application development: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-8-Modern-Style-App-Samples.

Go forth and enjoy!

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