Kinect for Windows enables developers like you to create applications that allow users to interact naturally with the computer by gesturing and speaking. You probably already know this. But did you know there are plenty of samples written in C++ using Direct 3D and Direct 2D and other DirectX stuff?
Top 11 reasons to vist Developing an end-to-end Windows Store app using C++ and XAML: Hilo (Windows):
Provides a practical example you can use to kickstart your Windows 8 modern app development.
Async programming patterns and tips.
Have fun with tiles and splash screens.