While eagerly awaiting the Windows 10 release on July 29th, here's everything you need to start planning your <a href="https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/dn958439.aspx"target="_blank">Universal Windows Platform apps. You'll get design inspiration, cool concepts, previews, guidelines and downloads. You can also download the Windows 10 Insider Preview <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download?ocid=tp_site_downloadpage"target="_blank">here and get used to the new system while dreaming up your apps, make sure you backup all of your files first though. I'll be updating this article as soon as Windows 10 goes live at the end of the month, let's get creating apps until then.

Windows 10 preview with Microsoft's Joe Belfiore

Official Microsoft Guidelines

  • Guidelines for <a href="https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465424.aspx"target="_blank">Universal Windows Platform apps
  • Microsoft <a href="https://dev.windows.com/en-us/design/design-basics"target="_blank">Windows 10 design basics

Design Guides

  • <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/04/29/windows-10-design-getting-the-balance-right/"target="_blank">Designing for Windows 10 on the Windows blog
  • A closer look <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-10-a-closer-look-at-its-design/"target="_blank">at Windows 10's design
  • Windows 10 <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-build-10158-everything-you-need-know"target="_blank">everything you need to know

Previews and news

The new Windows 10 icons follow the flat design trend of Windows 8, let us know what you think of them in the comments below.

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Windows 10 icons

  • Windows 10 icons, <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10s-new-icons-experimental-or-the-future-of-icons/"target="_blank">experimental or the future of icon design
  • Never seen before <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-windows-10-microsoft-devices-dell-xps-15/"target="_blank">Windows devices on cnet
  • The Windows 8 scrap heap features that didn't make it into Windows 10
  • <a href="https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/2240/windows-10-technical-preview-2-continuum-and-tablet-mode"target="_blank">Continuum and tablet mode explained
  • Microsoft Edge <a href=" http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/01/project_spartan_the_last_remnant_of_microsofts_immersive_ui_experiment/"target="_blank">a new modern web browser for Windows 10
  • Insider <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/29/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10130-for-pcs/"target="_blank">Windows pc design preview
  • In depth look at <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/depth-look-windows-10-xbox-one"target="_blank">Windows 10 for Xbox one
  • Windows 10 was <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-10-s-Design-Was-Inspired-by-a-User-Concept-461331.shtml"target="_blank"> inspired by a user concept

Design inspirations

  • Windows 10 design concept with a <a href="http://analogindex.com/news/windows-phone-10-design-concept-with-revamped-start-screen-notification-center-and-more_94232.html"target="_blank">revamped start screen and notification centre
  • <a href="http://superdevresources.com/windows-phone-10-concept-design/"target="_blank">Windows Phone 10 concept design
  • A cleaner design <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/check-out-a-cleaner-version-of-microsofts-windows-10-mobile-in-this-design-concept"target="_blank">with this Windows 10 mobile concept from Robson Jobs
  • <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/21015759/Windows-10-Redesing-for-phones"target="_blank">Windows Phone 10 redesign
  • Getting ready for Windows 10 <a href="http://www.jayonwindows.com/getting-ready-for-windows-10-with-responsive-design/"target="_blank">with responsive design
  • Re-imagining <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27500265/Reimagining-Windows-10-Mobile"target="_blank">the Windows 10 mobile
  • A possible Windows 10 <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/20633247/Windows-10-Smartwatch"target="_blank">fitness smartwatch
  • A <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/26849119/Concept-WhatsApp-for-Windows-Mobile-10"target="_blank">WhatsApp concept for Windows Mobile 10
  • A rethink of Windows 10 <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/26522931/A-rethink-of-Windows-10-icon-style"target="_blank">icon style on Behance
  • An XBOX Music <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/23620317/XBOX-Music-Redesign-for-Windwos-10"target="_blank">redesign for Windows 10
  • Windows 10 <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/25390053/Windows-10-File-Explorer-Concept"target="_blank">file explorer concept

Free downloads

  • Design assets <a href="https://dev.windows.com/en-us/design/assets"target="_blank"> for (UWP) apps from Windows
  • A selection of <a href="http://ltheme.com/collection-of-200-free-windows-10-icons/"target="_blank">200 free Windows 10 icons
  • Windows wallpaper <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/27511767/Windows-10-Wallpaper"target="_blank">on Behance
  • Microsoft Edge <a href="https://dribbble.com/shots/2061901-Microsoft-Edge-Browser-Template?list=searches&tag=windows_10&offset=14"target="_blank">web browser templates
  • Vector <a href="https://dribbble.com/shots/2009675-Edge-vector-template?list=tags&tag=mockup&offset=2"target="_blank">Microsoft Edge web browser template
  • Loads more <a href="https://icons8.com/windows-10-icons/"target="_blank">icons for Windows 10
  • Windows <a href="https://dribbble.com/shots/2106157-Phone-PSD-template?list=tags&tag=mockup&offset=0"target="_blank">Phone PSD template
  • <a href="https://dribbble.com/shots/2044230-Windows-10-UIkit?list=searches&tag=windows_10&offset=32"target="_blank">Windows 10 UI kit
  • Download the <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/preview-iso"target="_blank">Windows 10 insider preview
  • <a href="http://dtafalonso.deviantart.com/art/Windows-10-Tiles-495435340"target="_blank">Windows 10 tiles concept

This is one of a series of design resources we've been working on, let us know what you think of designing for Windows 10 so far and if you have anything to add to the list.