If you’ve never heard about Visual Studio Achievements, then you need to check those out here. Although you cannot exchange the earned points for any physical objects, it is a fun way to keep track of what you’re doing with your work in Microsoft’s IDE. Karsten Januszewski, of Channel9, recently announced the private beta of Visual Studio Achievements for Windows 8. Those will be based on Windows Store application development practices and habits.
To request to join, ping Karsten on Twitter.
Also, download the Visual Studio Achievements app for Windows Phone, available for free here. It already supports the new achievements.