Windows Phone SDK

Developer tools

Windows Phone SDK

The Windows Phone development tools include everything you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone.

To install the SDK, click the Download button (below) and then select the option to Run. From there, you simply need to follow the instructions on the screen.

Windows Phone 8.1 development tools

The Windows Phone 8.1 development tools are included with Visual Studio 2013 (Update 2 or later). If you already have Visual Studio 2013 installed, use the download link to install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC:

(up to 1.5 GB, English)
If you don’t have Visual Studio 2013, you can install Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows, which includes Update 2 RC, using this download link:

(up to 1.5 GB, English)

Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators

The Windows Phone 8.1 Emulators package adds six emulator images to an existing installation of Visual Studio. With this update installed, developers can test how apps will run on phones running Windows Phone 8.1. This update requires Visual Studio 2013 with Update 2 or later.

(up to 989 MB, English)

SDK 8.0

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 enables you to develop apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

(up to 1.6 GB, English)

Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update 3 Emulators

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update 3 Emulators package adds five new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. With this update installed, you can test how your apps will run on devices that have Update 3 (that is, version 8.0.10492 or higher) of Windows Phone 8. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013.

(up to 989 MB, English)

SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 Update for Windows Phone 8.0.10322 adds four new emulator images to an existing installation of Windows Phone SDK 8.0. This update requires either Visual Studio 2012 with Update 4 or later, or Visual Studio 2013.

(up to 960 MB, English)

SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8

The Windows Phone SDK Update for Windows Phone 7.8 adds two new emulator images to your existing Windows Phone SDK installation. This update supports both the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and Windows Phone SDK 8.0. Using this update, you can provide the Windows Phone 8 Start screen experience in your Windows Phone 7.5 apps. You can also test how your apps will run on Windows Phone 7.8 devices.

(up to 560 MB, English)

SDK 7.1

The Windows Phone SDK 7.1 and 7.1.1 Update enables you to develop apps for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 7.0 devices.

(up to 730 MB, English)

SDK 7.1.1 Update

The Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update provides additional functionality to the Windows Phone SDK 7.1. Using this update, you can more easily develop apps and games that are optimized to run on 256-MB devices.

(up to 300 MB, English)