I’m pleased to announce on behalf of the entire Windows SDK team, that we have released Windows SDK components with Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.  Windows SDK components ship embedded into just about all of the Visual Studio 2008 versions.  The Windows SDK team understands that developers have traditionally used the Windows SDK components hand-in-hand with Visual Studio, and Visual Studio 2008 will be no exception.  The Windows SDK team has worked hard over the last year plus to better understand how developers use the two products together. This research has resulted in a seamless integration between this Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2008, which for this release are one in the same. 


There will be no separate, standalone web release of this version of the Windows SDK.  You can download the free Visual Studio Express editions, which have some Windows SDK components.  If you want a full standalone Windows SDK for use with Visual Studio 2008, you can download the Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit Update for Windows Vista™ that was released in March, 2007. This SDK has the same set of (Vista RTM) SDK headers and libraries that are included in Visual Studio 2008.  However, the SDK tools that ship with VS2008 are more recent than those that ship in the Vista Update SDK.


If you want an SDK that corresponds to the prerelease version of Windows Server 2008, download the Windows SDK for Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta2 this SDK contains Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 versions of .NET Framework 3.5 content.  The release version of this SDK will ship at the same time as Windows Server 2008.

·         MSDN subscribers can download Visual Studio 2008 from the MSDN subscription site.

·         If you do not subscribe to MSDN, you can download a free 90-day trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite.

o    This edition contains all Windows SDK components shipping with this release of Visual Studio.

·         You can also download the Visual Studio 2008 Express editions, which are much smaller and totally free. 

o    These editions only have a subset of Windows SDK components, but all you need to complete supported development scenarios in those editions.

·         If you want to install only the .NET Framework 3.5 runtime, you can download it here.

The .NET Framework 3.5 specific content can be found in the default SDK install folder of any Visual Studio 2008 edition under C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\

o    \Bin contains tools like SqlMetal.exe

o    \Bootstrapper directory has bootstrapper packages for developers who want to use Visual Studio 2008 to deploy their applications

o    \FXCop contains the FXCop installer

o    \Include & \Lib contains the Windows Headers and Libraries that shipped with Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit Update for Windows Vista™

Your feedback is welcome and appreciated,


Pat Litherland

Windows SDK Program Manager