This chapter describes the groundwork you need to perform before writing Windows Phone 8 applications including:

  • The particular skill sets in Windows 8, Visual Studio, and Windows Phone 8 that you need to have to get the most from this book.
  • PC and phone hardware requirements to support the development environment.
  • Software requirements for the operating system and the Visual Studio development environment.

Why Upgrade to Windows Phone 8?

Microsoft’s intent is to lead and not follow in the race to create a superior phone operating system. Windows Phone 8 takes advantages of all the latest hardware features, such as Near ...

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