8 / 8.1 Store Apps creation capabilities of Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 Preview

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  • Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8 Platform –> 8 Store Apps creation capabilities
  • Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 8.1 Platform –> 8 Store Apps creation capabilities
  • Visual Studio 2013 Preview on Windows 8 Platform –> No Store Apps creation capabilities
  • Visual Studio 2013 Preview on Windows 8.1 Platform –> 8.1 Store Apps creation capabilities *
  • Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 Preview side by side on Windows 8.1 Platform –> 8 and 8.1 Store Apps creation capabilities *

* With VS2013 Professional, Premium and Ultimate you can open and edit 8.0 Store Apps on Windows 8.1 Platform and retarget them to 8.1.

If you're opening your solution in Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 Preview for Windows, your solution won't load. In the next step, you'll retarget the projects in your solution.

If you're opening your solution in Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 Preview, Microsoft Visual Studio Premium 2013 Preview, or Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview, your solution loads but still targets Windows 8.
Retarget your Windows Store app to Windows 8.1 Preview

* Install Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Happy coding.

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