Downloads for building Store apps – Windows app development

Downloads for building Store apps

Now you can build a Store app that can target each form factor of Windows devices through the shared Windows Runtime in Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. You start with a universal Windows app project template in Visual Studio. Then, use these SDKs, toolkits, samples, and services to build the universal Windows app you envision, and get it published in the Store. Read more

Essential downloads

Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows

Use this free tool to create innovative and compelling Windows Phone and Windows Store apps, including universal Windows apps, for all Windows devices. The tools include universal app templates, a full-featured code editor, a powerful debugger, Windows Phone emulators, rich language support, and more, all ready to use in production. Includes the Windows Phone SDK and Windows SDK.

Get Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows

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Universal Windows app samples

This sample pack includes app code samples developed and updated using one of the universal app templates in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. Each solution of a universal app code sample can run on Windows 8.1 and on Windows Phone 8.1.

Get the universal Windows app samples pack

Windows Phone

Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

This package adds six emulator images to an existing installation of Visual Studio so you can test how your app will run on phones running Windows Phone 8.1. This update requires Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. The emulators are included with Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows.

Windows Phone Store badges

Add a Windows Phone badge to let your customers know that your app is available in the Windows Phone Store.

Get Windows Phone Store badges

Windows Phone Preview

Registered developers can access prerelease Windows Phone operating system updates for their development phone, directly from Microsoft.

Find out more

Windows Phone SDK archives

Find current and earlier releases of the SDK , including Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.

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Windows SDK for Windows 8.1

Get the headers, libraries, and tools you need to create Windows Store apps and desktop apps, in the dev language of your choice. Includes the .NET Framework 4.5.1 SDK, Windows App Certification Kit, and DirectX SDK. The SDK does not include a compiler or build environment. Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

Looking for the latest version of Windows? Start here!

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Windows Store badges

Add a Windows Store badge to let your customers know your app is available in the Windows Store.

Get Windows Store badges

Windows 8.1 Store sample pack

Includes all the app code samples developed and updated for Windows 8.1, including app code samples created using the universal app templates in Visual Studio.

Get the app samples pack

Toolkits and extensions

Multilingual App Toolkit

Tools to help you localize your Store app with translation support, translation file management, and editor tools.

Get details and additional languages

Windows App Certification Kit

Use this kit to test your app for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 app certification programs.

Learn more about the kit

Visual Studio Extensions for the Windows Library for JavaScript

Resources that make it easier to build Windows Store apps using the WinJS. For more info, see Writing code for Windows Runtime apps.

Download Visual Studio extensions

Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2

Gives you access to remote debugging, remote testing, and unit testing on computers that don't have Visual Studio installed. (Applies to Windows Store apps only.)

Get Remote Tools

Related SDKs

Microsoft Advertising SDK

Use advertising to monetize your apps while presenting a rich and engaging advertising experience to your users. This SDK was released as an update through Visual Studio in March 2014.

Learn more (Windows 8.1)

Learn more (Windows Phone 8.1)

OneDrive for developers

Get the Live SDK for a set of controls and APIs, for building apps that can access information from OneDrive on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Get the Live SDK

Bing Maps SDK for Windows 8.1 Store apps

Combine the power of Windows 8.1 and Bing Maps to incorporate the latest road maps and aerial views into your Windows Store app.

Get the Bing Maps SDK

Microsoft Azure Mobile Services

Add a scalable and secure cloud back end and incorporate structured storage, user authentication, and push notifications.

Get the Azure Mobile Services SDKs

DirectX SDK

Actually, the DirectX SDK is now included as part of the Windows SDK (beginning with Windows 8).

Learn more about the DirectX SDK

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Design assets

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