Build Windows Phone 8 apps using Visual Studio Express 2012

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Express editions are free editions of Visual Studio 2012 with full features to build applications.

Express 2012 editions come in 5 flavors:

  1. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web
  2. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
  3. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
  4. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone
  5. Visual Studio Express 2012 Team Foundation Server

If you have Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed on the computer, the Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone shortcut won't appear. Instead, start your Visual Studio instance as usual and then create Windows Phone SDK 8.0 projects using the installed Windows Phone templates.

System Requirements

Visual Studio Express 2012 is supported on Windows 8 Professional or higher, both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. You must have a 1.6 GHz or faster processor, 4 GB of RAM, 4 GB of available hard disk space, and Windows Phone 8 Emulator.

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone comes with Windows Phone SDK 8 and 7.5 to build Windows Phone applications target Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.

Windows Phone 8 apps take advantages of two different developer technologies and Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone supports the both. First, traditional WPF, Silverlight, and Windows Phone developers can use WPF, Blend, C#/VB.NET/C++ technologies to build and deploy Windows Phone 8 apps. Second, typical Web developers can take advantage of HTML 5, CSS, and JavaScript to build Windows Phone 8 apps. The Expression edition also provides assets and libraries take full advantage of the platform for your games with DirectX/C++. .NET apps and games can reuse their business logic across Windows 8, the web (ASP.NET), and Windows Azure so developers can move faster.

Download

You may download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone here:

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Learn Windows Phone Development

C# Corner has a dedicated section on Windows Phone programming here > where developers can learn and share their code and apps.