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Setting up the Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 development environment


{: #overview } This tutorial explains the steps a developer needs to follow in order to be able to develop and test Windows 8.1 Universal and Windows 10 UWP applications.

Prerequisite: As you setup your Windows development environment, make sure to also read the Setting up the {{ }} development environment tutorial.


{: #registration }

  1. Register as a Windows developer

Learn more in the Windows developer support website


{: #development } Application development for either Windows 8.1 Universal or Windows 10 UWP requires a PC workstation running either the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system, with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 or 2015.

Windows 8.1 Universal

{: #windows-81-universal } A Windows 8.1 Universal application Solution is made up from three projects:

  • Shared code for business logic
  • A project for Windows Desktop/tablet applications
  • A project for Windows Phone applications

Windows 8.1 Universal requires:

  • Windows OS 8.1 or higher
  • Visual Studio 2013 or 2015

Windows 10 UWP

{: #windows-10-uwp } A Windows 10 UWP (Universal Windows Platform) application Solution is made up from a single project containing:

  • Shared code for business logic
  • Adaptive UI (for both Desktop/tablet and Phone)

Windows 10 UWP requires:

  • Windows OS 8.1 or higher
  • Visual Studio 2015

What's Next

{: #whats-next } Now that the {{ }} and Windows development environment are set up, continue to Quick Start category to experience {{ }}, or to All Tutorials to learn specific aspects of {{ }} development.

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