Project Description
The screen reader software (yet to be named) is to help visually impaired people to use a Windows Phone 7 or 8.

If you want to help with the development of this project you will need to know C# and xaml, You will also need one of the following.

Windows Phone 7 SDK (Windows Phone 8 SDK follows after Windows Phone 7 SDK below)

The Windows Phone 7 SDK includes the following
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
Windows Phone Emulator
Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Assemblies
Silverlight 4 SDK and DRT
Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Extensions for XNA Game Studio 4.0
Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone 7
Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone OS 7.1
WCF Data Services Client for Window Phone
Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista

•Windows® Vista® (x86 and x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions except Starter Edition
•Windows 7 (x86 and x64) – all editions except Starter Edition
•Installation requires 4 GB of free disk space on the system drive.
• 3 GB RAM
•Windows Phone Emulator requires a DirectX 10 or above capable graphics card with a WDDM 1.1 driver

The Windows Phone SDK 7.1 is compatible with the final version of Visual Studio 2010 SP1.

Windows Phone 8 SDK


The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is a full-featured development environment to use for building apps and games for Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 7.5. The Windows Phone SDK provides a stand-alone Visual Studio Express 2012 edition for Windows Phone or works as an add-in to Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate editions. With the SDK, you can use your existing programming skills and code to build managed or native code apps. In addition, the SDK includes multiple emulators and additional tools for profiling and testing your Windows Phone app under real-world conditions.

Note: If you install the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 on a computer with a Gigabyte motherboard and the USB 3.0 host controller enabled in the BIOS, the computer might stop responding when it boots (for details on impacted Gigabyte motherboad models, see Installing Hyper-V on Gigabyte systems). To resolve this, disable USB 3.0 support in computer's BIOS.  

System requirements

Supported operating systems: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro


  • Operating system type:
    • Windows 8 64-bit (x64) client versions
  • Hardware:
    • 6.5 GB of free hard disk space
    • 4 GB RAM
    • 64-bit (x64) CPU
  • Windows Phone 8 Emulator:
    • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
    • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
    If your computer meets the hardware and operating system requirements, but does not meet the requirements for the Windows Phone 8 Emulator, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will install and run. However, the Windows Phone 8 Emulator will not function and you will not be able to deploy or test apps on the Windows Phone 8 Emulator.  



  • Choose the language version you want to install and click the Download button for the WPexpress_full.exe file. Follow the instructions to install the SDK. Note that each localized version of Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is designed to function with the corresponding localized operating system and localized version of Visual Studio 2012.
    Note - Windows Phone SDK 8.0 installs side-by-side with previous versions of the Windows Phone SDK. You don't need to uninstall previous versions before beginning this installation.
  • Download the release notes which are in a separate file. For Windows Phone SDK 8.0 documentation and samples, see the Windows Phone Dev Center.
  • To start VS Express for Windows Phone, click the application in the Apps list. If you have Visual Studio Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed on the computer, the VS 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.
  • If you try to run a project in Windows Phone Emulator and Hyper-V is not enabled, you will be prompted to turn on Hyper-V. Turning on Hyper-V requires you to restart your computer.

Note: this release is also available in .iso format. Choose one of the following options for handling downloaded ISO images:

  • (Recommended) Write the image file to a blank DVD.
  • (Alternative) Mount the image file virtually as DVD devices.

For more information about these options, see "What are ISO image files and how do I use them?" on the FAQ page.



Last edited May 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM by simnix, version 7