GameMaker: Studio, the free cross-platform development software from YoYo Games, will be compatibale with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the company announced today.

YoYo Games' GameMaker suite of programs allows developers to write code in the software and export it for publication on multiple platforms, including iOS, OS X, Android, Facebook, HTML5, and Microsoft PCs.

"The beauty with GameMaker: Studio is that it's extremely easy for developers who have already or are currently developing with our environment to have Windows Style UI games ready for publishing on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in a short amount of time," said Sandy Duncan, YoYo Games' CEO.

GameMaker: Studio, which YoYo Games says is used in over 5,000 schools and universities to teach coding, is available for a free download on the YoYo Games website.