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View Thread: Other than the emulator, why does WP8 SDK require Windows 8?
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    I understand that the WP8 emulator requires Windows 8, however I don't understand why Windows 8 is required if you plan to use a physical WP8 device. There are hacks around the web where people successfully install the WP8 SDK on Windows 7 and everything works fine in VS 2012 other than the emulator.

    What possible reason could MS have to require Windows 8 for those that don't need the emulator?

    Is it really just to force people onto Windows 8?