Develop Windows desktop applications

Install the latest Visual Studio and Windows SDK releases to get started.

Find out where to get the latest dev tools, how to pick the right programming language, and start developing your desktop application for Windows.

Learn how to design beautiful and functional Windows desktop applications that support various device formats and input types.

Get guidance, reference info, tutorials, and code examples to help you build your application, whether it’s brand new or ported from another platform.

Learn how to test, debug your desktop application before you deploy it, and develop a plan for regular servicing once it’s out there.

New opportunities for apps and games with the Desktop Bridge

"We’re excited to bring our full-featured Evernote app to the Windows Store. The Desktop Bridge vastly simplifies our installer and uninstaller. It also opens up UWP APIs that we’ve taken advantage of, including the live tiles and notifications. And having the full-featured Evernote app in the Windows Store means future improvements will reach users faster."

More resources

Browse a rundown of the APIs included in Windows 10 that support the latest app and device experiences.

Learn how to build great apps for Windows by experimenting with our samples. These samples show you how features work and help you jumpstart your own apps.

Get your software solutions in front of IT Pros by adding them to our directory.


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