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Move from Android to WinRT

[This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation]

Why Windows?

Are you an Android app developer? If so, you can use the info throughout this section to take your existing Android app development skills and start applying them to developing great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. With the latest release of Visual Studio (Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2), you can also create Universal Windows apps, which allow you to build apps for both desktop/tablet and phone devices in the same solution.

In this section

Topic Description

Getting started

Provides a series of short, hands-on walkthroughs for Android app developers to learn to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and start building simple Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Creating your first Windows Store app: a tutorial for Android developers

This tutorial shows you how to create, build, and run your first Windows Store app with Visual Studio 2013. Although all developers can benefit from this tutorial, this info is presented specifically from an Android developer's perspective.

Task mappings

Use these resources to map selected Android development areas, API classes, and coding tasks to equivalents for Windows Store apps.

Platform mappings

Use these resources to learn about key similarities and differences between the Android and Windows 8 platforms, including key programming models and coding tasks.

Additional resources

Links to articles and blog posts for Android app developers who also want to build great apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.


For more great reasons to build apps for Windows devices, see Windows Store opportunity for Android developers.

For everyone

Meet Windows Store apps

Windows Store app development: the basics

Windows 8 Product Guide for Developers

Windows 8.1 Feature Guide for Developers

For developers

Building Universal Windows apps for all Windows devices

Java versus C#: an introduction

Windows Dev Camps

Windows Store App Labs

For designers and developers

Download design assets for Windows Store apps