Windows Phone Software Development Kit

I know I have mentioned the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit) a lot in the past but usually only as a reference along with other things. It really deserves a post of its own though. The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. In the past there were sometimes a couple of separate downloads required in order to make everything work together but these days one site has it all. At the AppHub you can get the Windows Phone SDK, explore the documentation, connect with the community and learn how you can publish apps and earn money.

The Windows Phone SDK includes the following

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
  • Windows Phone Emulator
  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies
  • Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT
  • Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0
  • Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone 7
  • Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone OS 7.1
  • WCF Data Services Client for Window Phone
  • Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone
Download the Windows Phone SDK 7.1 for Windows Phone. The Windows Phone SDK 7.1 allows you to create apps and games for Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.0, and is available in English, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish, and includes productivity enhancements such as an app profiler and an improved emulator. The Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone is also now conveniently built into the Windows Phone SDK, making it easier to earn money through in-app ads.

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Comments (2)
  1. tobii says:

    One question: When will the Windows Phone SDK be compatible with Windows 8?

  2. AlfredTh says:

    Tobii, that is a good question but I don't know the answer. I know it has a high priority so I hope it will be soon.

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