Windows and Windows Phone SDK archive

This archive contains SDK releases and updates for earlier Windows and Windows Phone platform versions as well as releases of the Mobile emulator supporting development and UX testing for mobile device experiences.


For the latest SDK and mobile emulator, see Downloads and tools for Windows.

Windows
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Windows 10 RTM and Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 mobile

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Released in July 2015, this SDK you can begin building Universal Windows apps and desktop apps for Windows 10. (for Windows 8.1 or later) using web technologies, native, and managed code; or desktop apps that use the native or managed programming model.

Released in-step with the SDK, the Microsoft Emulator for Windows 10 is a desktop application that emulates a mobile device running Windows 10.

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Windows 8.1

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Released in October 2013, this SDK can be used to create Windows Store apps (for Windows 8.1 or later) using web technologies, native, and managed code; or desktop apps that use the native or managed programming model. Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.1.

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Windows 8

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Released in November 2012, this SDK can be used to create Windows Store apps (for Windows 8 or earlier) using web technologies, native, and managed code; or desktop apps that use the native or managed programming model. Learn more about the Windows SDK for Windows 8.

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Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

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Released in June 2010, this SDK can be used to develop applications for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 SP1, and 4.0.

To avoid problems with installation, please see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2717426 before installing Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4.

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Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

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Released in August 2009, this SDK can be used to develop applications for Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 SP1.

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Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5

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Released in February 2008, this SDK can be used to develop applications to run on Windows Server 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5.

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Update for Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0

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Released in February 2007, this SDK can be used to develop applications that run on Windows Vista.

Windows Phone 8.1
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Windows Phone 8.1 development tools

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The Windows Phone 8.1 development tools are installed with Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows with Update 2 or later. Features introduced in Update 2 include new emulators and universal app templates.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

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The Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators package adds six emulator images to an existing installation of Visual Studio 2013 so you can can test how apps will work on phones running Windows Phone 8.1. (Requires Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later.)

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Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Emulators

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Supports use of emulators in test scenarios for phones running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. (Requires Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later.)

Windows Phone 8
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Windows Phone SDK 8.0

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Tools for developing apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

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Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update 3 Emulators

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Adds five new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. With this update installed, you can test how your app will run on devices that have Update 3 (version 8.0.10492 or later) of Windows Phone 8. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013 with the optional Windows Phone SDK 8.0 option selected during setup.

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Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322

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Adds four new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Windows Phone SDK 8.0 and Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013 with the optional Windows Phone SDK 8.0 option selected during setup.

Windows Phone 7
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Windows Phone SDK 7.1

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Tools to help you develop apps for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.0 devices.

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Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update

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Brings additional functionality to Windows Phone SDK 7.1. With this update, it’s easier to develop apps and games that are optimized to run on 256-MB devices.

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Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8

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Adds two new emulator images to an existing Windows Phone SDK installation. This update supports Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK 8.0. With this update, use Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You also can test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

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