New Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” and Virtual Labs

Two new resources have just been published to help you learn about Windows 8.

Windows 8 “Camp in a Box”, RTM Edition

[Update 10/1/2012 – Camp in a Box RTM version]

Windows 8 Camp in a BoxRecently updated for Windows 8 Release Preview, the Windows 8 “Camp in a Box” includes a variety of content from the Windows 8 Developer Camp event series that’s now underway:

  • Session Slides – 20 presentations covering development and design topics
  • Hands-on Labs – Available in C# and JavaScript, covering topics such as touch, views, contracts (search/share), media, state, settings, tiles & notifications, and more.
  • Samples – Including HTML, XAML, and C++ versions of the “Contoso Cookbook” Metro style app as well as an HTML “Platformer” game.
  • Resources – Links to some useful sites

After installing, you’ll find a “Default.htm” link on your desktop. Open it to get launch a content directory:


Of course you can also open the directory where you installed the Camp in a Box, but the HTML interface is a friendly way to begin exploring.

Windows 8 Release Preview Virtual Labs

[Update 7/23/2012 – JavaScript labs now available!]

Windows 8 Release Preview Virtual LabsThe “Camp in a Box” is great for downloading labs to work on your own machine, but there’s now another option as well...

The Windows 8 Virtual Labs let you dive in and learn about Windows 8 development without having to install everything on your own machine.  It uses an ActiveX control to let you connect to a remote server where everything is configured and ready for you.

You can work (in 90-minute segments – and yes, you can get more as you need) on this set of C# labs, all updated for Release Preview:


There are now 8 JavaScript labs available as well: