Ever since Microsoft announced the launch of Windows Phone 8 operating system, developers from across the world have been waiting for the release of SDK for the OS. The wait is now finally over as Microsoft has officially launched the SDK for Windows Phone 8 operating system today, a day after the official launch of the mobile OS.
The SDK is up for download and can be downloaded from here. For using this SDK, developers need to have 64 bit copy of Windows 8 installed on their respective devices. This move from Microsoft is considered to be taken for attracting serious developers who are ready to plunge into the world of Windows 8 to the app building scene. The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.0 provides developers with all that is required for developing apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.
This SDK is full featured development environment. Windows Phone SDK 8.0 provides a standalone IDE using Visual Studio Express 2012 edition. The new SDK will work as an add on for Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Ultimate and Premium editions. Using the SDK developers will be able to use their programming expertise to build managed native code apps for Windows Phone 8.
The SDK also incorporates multiple emulators and required tools for testing and profiling the developed app under real world scenarios.4GB of hard disk space and 4GB RAM are recommended for systems which will be running the new SDK. For running Windows Phone 8 Emulator, a processor which supports Second Level Address Translation is required along with Windows 8 Pro edition or greater versions.
Even if your system configuration does not support the running of the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, Windows Phone 8 SDK 8.0 will still be able to install and run. However the emulator will not work and you will be devoid of testing capabilities.