Target Audience and System Requirements

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This guidance is intended for software architects and software developers. To get the greatest benefit from this guidance, you should have an understanding of the following technologies:

  • Microsoft Visual C# or Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
  • Microsoft .NET Framework

System Requirements and Prerequisites

The following are the system requirements for using Unity:

  • Supported architectures: x86 and x64.
  • Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012.
  • Supported .NET Frameworks: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, .NET for Windows Store Apps (previously known as WinRT).

For a rich development environment, the following are recommended:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Professional, Ultimate, or Express editions.

For Windows Phone 8 support, you need:

To run the unit tests, the following are also required:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Professional or Ultimate edition.

Unity and Windows Store apps

There are some limitations when you use Unity in a Windows Store app:

  • You cannot use the Microsoft.Practices.Unity.UnityServiceLocator class.
  • You cannot use the Unity.Configuration assembly.
  • You cannot use the Unity.Interception and Unity.Interception.Configuration assemblies.

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