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FIGURE 1-8 Renewing your developer license.
You can get as many developer licenses as you need, provided that you have a Windows Live ID
Windows Store account
Getting a developer license for Windows 8 is only the first mandatory step in developing and testing
Windows 8 applications. Armed solely with a developer account, you can't publish a Windows 8
application to the Windows Store for others to download and install.
There's no direct relationship between developer accounts and Windows Store accounts. Each
plays a specific role and you can get one without having the other. However, if you own a Windows
Store account and then qualify for a developer license, then the default expiration of your developer
license is automatically set to a longer time.
The point to remember here is that before you can publish your Windows 8 application to the
Windows Store, you need to get a Windows Store account. You'll see how to obtain a Windows Store
account later, in Chapter 14.
Important As a developer and user of a Windows 8 system, keep in mind that your
machine can only run Windows 8 applications that have been downloaded from the
Windows Store or custom applications for which a developer license has been installed
on the machine. Another scenario enables you to host custom applications—when those
applications have been “sideloaded” onto the machine by your organization, which in turn
holds an enterprise store account.
Start playing with Windows 8 apps
With a developer license installed on your Windows 8 machine, you're now ready to play with
Windows 8 applications. When you are about to create a brand new project, you must first choose a
project template and a programming language. After you do that, Visual Studio provides some help
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