Windows Phone 8 Dev Requirements

I get asked all of the time what is needed to develop for Windows Phone 8 so I thought I would do a blog post on it to make it easier.

Of course you need the SDK. which you can find here.


System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro

  • Operating system type:
    • Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
  • Hardware:
    • 6.5 GB of free hard disk space
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • Windows Phone 8 Emulator:
    • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
    • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

    If your computer meets the hardware and operating system requirements, but does not meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will install and run. However, the Windows Phone 8 Emulator will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the Windows Phone 8 Emulator.


That last part SLAT is very important. If you want to find out what SLAT is and how to check to see if you are compatible. How To Geek has a great article on it.

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  2. Vijay Kumar
    February 19, 2013 | 9:04 am

    What about the development tools, like Visual studio etc.?

  3. John Calhoun
    February 19, 2013 | 11:22 am

    What software skills and programming languages do you need to know to develop for Windows Phone 8?

  4. Daniel Egan
    February 19, 2013 | 3:45 pm


    You can use C# and Xaml to develop for windows phone 8. Or you can use PhoneGap and HTML5

  5. Daniel Egan
    February 19, 2013 | 3:46 pm

    You will need Visual Studio, but you can use the Free Visual Studio Express for Windows 8.