Develop for Windows 11

Update your existing apps or create brand new experiences with the Windows App SDK.

  • Windows Dev Kit 2023

    An Arm-powered device with everything you need to develop Windows apps for Arm, on Arm, including a powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI computing.

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  • App development options

    All the information you need to get started building apps for the Windows desktop environment or updating existing apps to take advantage of the latest Windows operating system experiences.

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  • Advice to help you build great Windows apps that look great, run smoothly and meet accessibility and security guidelines.

  • Answers to all those tricky questions about Windows app development, distribution models, cross-platform design and more.

  • Terms and definitions, to promote a common vocabulary among Windows developers.

Code Samples

The WinUI Gallery sample apps provide interactive demos and code examples for most WinUI 3 and WinUI 2 controls, features, and functionality.

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Microsoft Store

Distribute your work to an audience of millions! Redesigned for developers to have new channels for discovery, including integration with your website and open support for more kinds of apps to run on Windows.

  • Open for all!

    Distribute your desktop app via the Store, no matter what app framework or packaging tool you use: Win32, .NET, Java, Electron, or MSIX.

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  • PWA

    Build Progressive Web Apps with PWABuilder 3, debug with PWA support in the Microsoft Edge dev tools, and publish your PWA in the Store, including access to new commerce tools and capabilities!

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  • New Microsoft Store API

    Use the Microsoft Store submission API for MSI or EXE apps to programmatically create and update store submissions for your app.

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Build games for Windows

Get the world-class tools and services used by PC game developers at the Game Dev website. The Game Development Kit (GDK) includes the SDK, libraries, and documentation you’ll need to build amazing games for Windows.

  • The best tools for developers are on Windows

    See why Windows 11 offers the best tools for developers that empower you to code with whatever language, framework, or environment you prefer.

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  • Become a Windows Insider!

    Start running Insider Preview builds of Windows 11 on your devices and see what's next for Windows.

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