Windows Phone 8 SDK leaked to the web

By LiveSide | Posted July 26, 2012 32 comments

Windows Phone 8Microsoft announced during the Windows Phone Summit back in June that a preview version of the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK will be made available for developers late summer. However, it appears a copy of the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK has been leaked to the web today, coming at a whooping size of 1.35 GB. As reported earlier, the SDK requires Windows 8 Release Preview to be installed in order to function. Check out the release notes below:

Windows Phone 8 SDK Release Notes

According to the release notes above, the SDK is labeled for “Windows Phone SDK 8.0 (LKG25)” with Windows Phone 8 OS version 8511.9744.20120716-1509, with a release date of July 19, 2012, making the build quite recent. The SDK is for Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, and the release notes also indicates the following system requirements for the SDK:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 8 Release Preview 64-bit (x64) client versions

Hardware

  • 4 GB of free disk space
  • 8 GB of RAM (recommended)
  • 64-bit (x64) motherboard

Windows Phone Emulator

  • Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). See the Installation prerequisites section for more information about SLAT.

Along with the SDK, several other help files and documentations were also leaked, as shown in the screenshot below:

Windows Phone 8 SDK

You can get the new Windows Phone 8 SDK by following instructions from WPXAP.com. Try it out now!

Update: Here’s a nice diagram we found that explains the different APIs available in Windows Phone 8, and compared to those in Windows 8 (WinRT):

Windows Phone and Windows 8 API Comparison

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 6:40 am
  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

    Holy sweet big mama!

  • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

    Holy sweet big mama!

  • efjay

    64bit Windows rules me out, there go my plans to try my hand at WP development. Stupid.

    • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

      SLAT requirement does the same for me :/

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      Err… Why are you not using 64-bit yet?

      • efjay

        Any particular reason why I should?

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    64bit Windows rules me out, there go my plans to try my hand at WP development. Stupid.

    • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

      SLAT requirement does the same for me :/

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      Err… Why are you not using 64-bit yet?

      • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

        Any particular reason why I should?

  • Vikas Patidar

    8 GB of RAM (recommended)

    Is it typo or Microsoft is crazy?

    • http://twitter.com/cwa_worx Chris

      I think its just till Windows 8 will be official released… I think it will be possible to code on Windows 7 aswell… would be crazy if not…. but you are right… 8 GB is much ;)

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      What developer system doesn’t have 8GB RAM unless you are using a MacBook Air?

    • peterfares

      8GB RAM costs $30. No big deal.

  • Vikas Patidar

    8 GB of RAM (recommended)

    Is it typo or Microsoft is crazy?

    • http://twitter.com/cwa_worx Chris

      I think its just till Windows 8 will be official released… I think it will be possible to code on Windows 7 aswell… would be crazy if not…. but you are right… 8 GB is much ;)

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff Kibuule

      What developer system doesn’t have 8GB RAM unless you are using a MacBook Air?

    • peterfares

      8GB RAM costs $30. No big deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danrh Daniel Rivero Horie

    When are they going to start using MBs instead of of Bytes! ๏̯͡๏

  • http://www.facebook.com/danrh Daniel Rivero Horie

    When are they going to start using MBs instead of of Bytes! ๏̯͡๏

  • Eric

    Oh boy. Comments are depressing. If anyone is even half-serious about Windows Phone development these minimum requirements are their lowest hurdle, in the grand scheme of things. And how did you miss that the 8GB RAM is (recommended)?

  • Eric

    Oh boy. Comments are depressing. If anyone is even half-serious about Windows Phone development these minimum requirements are their lowest hurdle, in the grand scheme of things. And how did you miss that the 8GB RAM is (recommended)?

  • Deme Tamás
  • http://twitter.com/tomzorz_ Deme Tamás
  • Jagadish Sasala

    I am shocked Microsoft has gone mad 8GB of RAM are you joking. In India even after promoting a lot developers have not charged up and now the requirement is too high

    • Eric

      No, they haven’t gone mad, it’s a conspiracy! Deliberate and designed to frustrate you. Now, of course I don’t really believe that, but on the other hand, a scheme to dissuade people who were going to make ‘WP8 Sexy Fart Flashlight’ sounds like genius. Unfortunately, I don’t think that was really the plan.

      Read the not-so-fine print RECOMMENDED and please quit crying everyone. Save your tears for when the phone emulator crawls and stutters on your 2GB netbook.

      Actually, just deploy to a hardware device for testing instead and you will probably be fine. What’s that? A phone is too expensive too? You know, at some point, no one can help you.

  • Jagadish Sasala

    I am shocked Microsoft has gone mad 8GB of RAM are you joking. In India even after promoting a lot developers have not charged up and now the requirement is too high

    • Eric

      No, they haven’t gone mad, it’s a conspiracy! Deliberate and designed to frustrate you. Now, of course I don’t really believe that, but on the other hand, a scheme to dissuade people who were going to make ‘WP8 Sexy Fart Flashlight’ sounds like genius. Unfortunately, I don’t think that was really the plan.

      Read the not-so-fine print RECOMMENDED and please quit crying everyone. Save your tears for when the phone emulator crawls and stutters on your 2GB netbook.

      Actually, just deploy to a hardware device for testing instead and you will probably be fine. What’s that? A phone is too expensive too? You know, at some point, no one can help you.

  • Tom Bergeron

    If your development machine is a decade old, it’s time to get a new computer, otherwise stick to writing “Hello, World!” console-based programs.  8GB to 16GB of memory is the standard for modern mainstream-level PC’s, and that’s not even for workstations or computers with software development in mind.

    • $14196660

      8 to 16 GB RAM for a MAINSTREAM-level PC!?!
      I don’t know where you’re from but in Germany going to one of the big electronic retailers you hardly will find a PC with 16 GB of RAM at all! Left alone “mainstream” PCs… LOL

  • Tom Bergeron

    If your development machine is a decade old, it’s time to get a new computer, otherwise stick to writing “Hello, World!” console-based programs.  8GB to 16GB of memory is the standard for modern mainstream-level PC’s, and that’s not even for workstations or computers with software development in mind.

    • hojsn

      8 to 16 GB RAM for a MAINSTREAM-level PC!?!
      I don’t know where you’re from but in Germany going to one of the big electronic retailers you hardly will find a PC with 16 GB of RAM at all! Left alone “mainstream” PCs… LOL