Development tools for Windows Phone apps

Applies to Windows Phone only

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later installs everything you need to build and test apps for both Windows Phone and for Windows Store. This topic describes the tools for developing Windows Phone apps that Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later installs on your computer.

Later in the application lifecycle, you'll use additional web-based tools that are not installed on your computer and are not described here. These web-based tools include the pages for publishing apps and tracking downloads in the Windows Phone Store.

Install

Install the development tools for Windows Phone 8.1 apps.

  • If you don't already have Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2013 or a higher edition, get Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows. Then install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later.

  • If you already have Visual Studio Professional 2013 or a higher edition, get Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 to add the Windows Phone development tools and other enhancements to your existing installation.

Backward compatibility

Visual Studio 2013 with Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later installs everything you need to build and test apps for both Windows Phone 8.1 and, optionally, Windows Phone 8.0. If you want to build apps for Windows Phone 8.0, you have to select this optional component when you install Visual Studio 2013. You don’t have to download and install Windows Phone SDK 8.0 separately. If you already have Windows Phone SDK 8.0 installed, you don’t have to uninstall it before you install Visual Studio 2013.

Code

Visual Studio

Create both Windows Phone and Windows Store apps in Visual Studio 2013, a complete development environment. Visual Studio includes project templates, a code editor, a visual designer, and a Toolbox of controls. It also includes integrated testing features. For an introduction to building apps using Visual Studio, see Develop apps by using Visual Studio 2013.

Visual Studio

Blend for Visual Studio

Optionally, build the UI for your app in Blend, a stand-alone visual design tool. You can open Windows Phone projects in Blend or in Visual Studio.

Blend for Visual Studio

Run

Windows Phone Emulator

Run and debug your app on your computer in Windows Phone Emulator, a software emulation of a Windows Phone device. For more info, see Run Windows Phone apps in the emulator.

Windows Phone Emulator

Developer Registration tool

Run and debug your app on a registered Windows Phone device. Use the Developer Registration tool to register your phone before you can deploy an app to the device. For more info, see Register your Windows Phone device for development.

Windows Phone Developer Registration tool

Application Deployment tool

During development you typically deploy and run your app from Visual Studio. Optionally, you can also use the stand-alone Application Deployment tool to deploy your app to the emulator or to a registered device. For more info, see Deploy Windows Phone apps with the Application Deployment tool.

Windows Phone Application Deployment tool

Test

Windows Phone Developer Power Tools

Catch subtle programming errors, capture real-time performance metrics, and collect log files to troubleshoot your app with the three tools in Windows Phone Developer Power Tools. For more info, see Test and troubleshoot apps with the Windows Phone Developer Power Tools.

Windows Phone Developer Power Tools

Isolated Storage Explorer

List, copy, and replace files and folders that your app uses in the app’s local folder (formerly called isolated storage) with Isolated Storage Explorer. For more info about this command-line tool, see Test files and data with the Isolated Storage Explorer tool.

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