Windows Phone 8 SDK now available

Microsoft has made the Windows Phone 8 SDK available for download, which can be obtained from its website. The SDK provides developers withe the tools to develop apps for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8. The company unveiled the next version of its mobile platform yesterday in San Francisco.

Developers have long awaited for the company to make the tools available, and have been voicing concerns that not enough time has been provided for familiarisation with everything that's presently possible with Windows Phone 8. We expect the company to announce SDK availability today at its BUILD conference at Redmond.

Alas, the SDK is good to go, and we can start to expect some top quality apps making their way to the Windows Phone Store in due course. A stand-alone Visual Studio Express 2012 edition for Windows Phone is included, but the SDK also works as an add-in to Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions.


  • Hardware:
    • 4 GB of free hard disk space
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • Windows Phone 8 Emulator:
    • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
    • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

Be sure to read up on the details over on the download page.

Source: Microsoft

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.