In Windows 8, Links to Cool Stuff is a way of life. Here is where, at least at the time of writing, you can get what you need for Windows 8 application development.

Cool Stuff What It Does Link
Generation app Get help from Microsoft to build your app idea in 30 days — for free. Can’t do better than that. http://sempf.me/YourApp30Days
Developer downloads Need the tools to get started writing Windows Store apps? Get them here. http://sempf.me/VS2012Express
Windows Azure free trial Need a place to keep your services? Who doesn’t? Give Microsoft Azure a try for free. http://sempf.me/WinAzureTrial
Windows Phone app in 30 days Thinking of taking your Windows 8 idea to the Windows Phone? Great idea. Microsoft gives you free help to get it on the store in 30 days. http://sempf.me/GoWindowsPhone
Windows Academy Need some more training? What you can't learn from For Dummies you can find at Windows Academy. http://sempf.me/GetSomeTraining