Downloads and tools for Windows 10

Get the tools you need to build for Windows—whether you're building Universal Windows apps for tablet, phone, PC, Windows IoT, or Xbox on the Universal Windows Platform or Classic Windows applications for the desktop.
Updated on November 30th, 2015. See the archive for earlier SDK and emulator releases.

Windows developer tooling

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 with Windows developer tools

Use a free, Visual Studio Community 2015 with Update 1 client that already includes the latest Windows 10 developer tools to get started creating innovative and compelling Universal Windows apps and Classic Windows applications. These tools include universal app templates, a code editor, a powerful debugger, Windows Mobile emulators, rich language support, and more, all ready to use in production. Includes the latest Windows Standalone SDK and mobile emulator releases.

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Upgrade to Windows 10

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 on Windows 10, Version 1511 offers a complete Universal Windows app experience by providing all of the tools you need to take your app from initial concept to publication to the Windows Store.

Other download options

Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2015

Run, debug, and test an app that is running on one device from another device that is running Visual Studio.

Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft Emulator and Mobile image to be used with an existing installation of Visual Studio 2015 so you can test how your app will work on devices running Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows Standalone SDK for Windows 10

If you are using a different development environment than Visual Studio 2015, you can download a standalone Windows SDK for Windows 10 installer. Note that you don’t need to install this SDK if you’re using Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 – it's already included.

Insider preview for Developers

Get early access to Windows SDK and Windows 10 Mobile Emulator preview releases as our development of Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform continues.

Tools and extensions

Multilingual App Toolkit

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

Windows App Certification Kit

Use this kit to test your app for Windows 10 app certification programs.

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.

Windows Store badges

Get all the badges and artwork needed to promote your apps. You can customize your badge with the language and style of your choice.

Windows Ad Mediator

Ad mediation helps you maximize your ad monetization by showing more live ads in your Windows Phone app. This extension lets you use multiple ad network solutions in your project.

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.

OneDrive for developers

Use the OneDrive SDKs to quickly get OneDrive integrated into your apps.

Bing Maps SDK for Windows 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.

Microsoft Azure Mobile Services

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

DirectX SDK

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

Microsoft Lumia SDK

Phones are uniquely personal. The Lumia SDK offers enhanced experiences for apps running on Lumia phones.

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Find previous releases of the Windows and Windows Phone SDK.—Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Test out Universal Windows Platform development on an evaluation virtual machines.

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