Windows 8 has been launched by the Microsoft with a whole new touch interface and a completely different user experience. Windows 8 software development kit (SDK) is not about desktop applications only. It is a much broader platform integrated with the DirectX and the .Net Framework which can be used to create Windows 8 apps and games.
What’s new in Windows SDK for Windows 8?
Windows 8 SDK has undergone major changes and many obsolete functions have been replaced with better and efficient alternatives. More over, Windows 8 SDK can be installed as a separate compiler and build environment.
The exclusion of command line interface takes away the powerful Windows SDK configuration tool from the developers. The Windows SDK provides all the headers, libraries, Windows Metadata files, and tools to build the new Windows Store apps introduced with Windows 8.
It includes the reference assemblies, tools, headers, and libraries needed to build applications targeting the .NET Framework 4.5. Tools and references for previous versions of .Net Frameworks are not included in the SDK.
DirectX SDK comes with the Windows 8 SDK this time to support developing DirectX applications and games for Windows. Windows 8 SDK is light weight as compared to the Windows 7 SDK and .NET Framework 4, so you can enjoy a faster installation.
Windows Dev Center has been updated with a large number of sample Windows and Desktop applications. These samples contain the Windows 8 applications and you can enjoy browsing through them by different categories like technology, language or development platform.
You can run Win8 SDK on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. You can develop applications for the following platforms:
- Windows 8
- Windows Server 2012
- Windows 7
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008
Windows 8 SDK requires x86, x64 and ARM architectures.
If you meet the above system requirements, you can download and install the software development kit from the below mentioned link.
You can click on the download button to start downloading the web installer which is less than 1 MB in size. When you run the web installer, it will download the actual SDK setup files. You can change the location of downloaded SDK files and start downloading. Windows SDK for Windows 8 takes about 1.2 GB of disk space when installed but the actual installer will be less than 500 MB.
Please note that we can’t provide any offline installer of direct download links for this because the web installer will download and install all the selected components one by one.