Windows 8 Evaluation Copy

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Windows 8 has RTM’d and is available for download via MSDN.

If you’re not an MSDN subscriber but you have been using Windows 8 to develop applications then you might well want to continue to do that on an RTM version of the OS and you can do that if you go and download the evaluation copy;

Windows 8 Evaluation Copy for Developers

Of course, you’d want tools to go alongside that and my own experience is that Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 (which includes a free version of the Blend for Visual Studio design tool) is a great IDE for doing that in. You can grab that from;

Downloads for WinRT App Development

If you need to support installing Windows 8 into an environment where it doesn’t become the main OS on your PC then I’d recommend doing it this way;

Scott’s Guide to Installing and Booting Windows 8 off a VHD

I have been doing that on my Windows 7 machine since September and it’s worked brilliantly for me (in fact, I’m typing this post from a VHD image OS).

If you want to kick start your development of WinRT apps on Windows 8 then we’d love to see you at one of our UK camps;

Upcoming Events

Enjoy 🙂