Microsoft has released for download, Windows 10 Virtual Machines which are set up to immediately start developing Universal Windows Platform apps. There is a short term trial version that expires as well as a version to which you add a valid license which doesn’t expire. These VMs are also available on Azure.


In Brief

You get a ready to run Windows 10 Anniversary Edition VM with the tools required for UWP app development preinstalled. The trial version will expire whereas you supply a valid Windows 10 Pro license key for the licensed version.  VM images for a variety of hypervisors are available





OS Features


Virtual Machine Versions (Hosts)

  • VMWare
  • Hyper-V
  • Virtual Box
  • Parallels


OS Language

EN-US only


Moot Point

Only the Community Edition of Visual Studio.

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