Download Windows Phone 8 SDK from Microsoft

By: Radu Tyrsina
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Developers, get you Windows Phone SDKs

Windows Phone 8 has just been launched and it has managed to make quite a good impression thanks to many positive reviews. But, just as with the Windows 8 and like we previously mentioned, you can’t do too much if you don’t have enough applications in the Windows Store. In order to compete with other serious companies in the mobile field, one needs to appeal to developers so they could start making more apps.

In order to create more applications for the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem, Microsft has come up with pretty useful advices, tools and tips for developers. Just like with Windows 8, there are plenty of resources for programmers to start working on applications for Windows Phone 8. But probably the most important instrument is Windows Phone 8 SDK. And Microsoft has just announced that is ready for download.

download the windows phone 8 software development kit

Developers, get you Windows Phone SDKs

Download Windows Phone 8 SDK

At the Build developer conference, on Day 1, Microsoft has announced that the software development kit for Windows Phone 8 has been made ready for download. The Redmond company has a tough job trying to catch up with iOS and Android who seem to share the supremacy in the mobile market. Many have been criticising Microsoft for delaying this update, but Ballmer and Company has always defended saying that they were still working on crucial features.

Here’s what Windows Phone 8 analyst Donnie Berkholz thinks about this:

Windows Phone 8 now provides an end-user experience on par with iOS and Android. The public release of the developer SDK finally makes it possible to nail a critical component of mobile adoption, the broader app ecosystem. Unfortunately the SDK wasn’t released in advance of Windows Phone 8 so developers could have apps available at the release, which will hurt both developers and Microsoft because of the importance first impressions have to consumers. Given Microsoft’s near-legendary tenacity and its clear understanding of the importance of mobile devices, I expect they’ll continue pursuing this until they get it right — if not for Windows Phone 8, for the next release.

2018 update: Windows 8 Phone SDK has not released any official information about further support. We have searched all over the internet, and all we found recently is that SDK is no longer supported on some phones as the following error appears: windows 8 phone sdk error

Apparently, there is no solution for this error, and Microsoft developers have not said anything on official forums. IN case you arrived to fix this error, share this information with us so we can update this article and help other users.

From a critic point of view, releasing the Windows Phone 8 SDK just now is a very, very bad move. I mean, does Microsoft want developers to start making apps just now? Wouldn’t it been a much better idea to release it at least 3 months, or 1 month ago, so that developers could have enough time to populate the Windows Store with apps? But let’s hope that things will change.

[Download Windows Phone 8 SDK ]

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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