CHAPTER 1

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Getting Started

Developing games for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 can be a hugely enjoyable and rewarding way to spend your time. With a little effort and determination, you can create wonderful, enjoyable games that you can put in your pocket and spread to audiences around the world at the same time.

Microsoft’s latest versions of its operating systems provide some rather different environments from the versions that came before them. In Windows 8, the design of the operating system has been adapted to suit both desktop and touch-screen operation. Windows Phone is radically different to Microsoft’s earlier Windows Mobile platform. ...

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