I have Windows 8 on my home PC but my work laptop is Windows 7 so I was unable to use my laptop for the beginning project of this book.
But then it hit me - I have an additional Technet license for Windows 8... and I have VMPlayer.
I installed Windows 8 in a virtual machine on my laptop, installed VS2012, copied my SaveTheHumans folder over to the VM and have been able to work in this environment.
If you don't have Windows 8, Microsoft has a 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise available here
So, for the low, low price of FREE, you can get everything you need to develop in Windows 8.