Microsoft opened the doors for its August 2016 edition of evaluation Windows developer virtual machines (VM). As always, the VMs are available through the Windows Dev Center. There is some flexibility in the virtual machines as they come in Hyper-V, VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMWare versions.
In a brief blog to announce the roll out, Microsoft points out the VMs will expire on August 31. Included in the installs are Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, Version 1607 and the following:
Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 3 (Build 14.0.25425.01)
- Windows developer SDK and tools (Build 14393)
- Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET (Build 2.9.1)
- The Windows Bridge for iOS (Build 0.1.160728)
- Windows UWP samples (Build 3.0.0)
- Windows Bridge for iOS samples
Evaluation Windows releases are sent out to ease developers creating content for the Windows platform. It can be an arduous process to download the numerous developer tools, so Microsoft packages them into a single release. Evaluation releases bring free virtual machines that make a full suite of development tools.
The virtual machines in the August release come built on Windows 10 Enterprise, Version 1607. You can grab the downloads right here, from Microsoft. It gives dev’s an easy passage into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) ecosystem.