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Microsoft Windows SDK Alternatives

Microsoft Windows SDK is described as 'The Windows SDK provides tools, compilers, headers, libraries, code samples, and a new help system that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows' and is an app in the development category. There are five alternatives to Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows, Linux, BSD and Mac. The best alternative is MinGW, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft Windows SDK are MSYS2, MinGW-w64, gow and qmake.

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    MinGW

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.

    ⚫︎ PortableMinGW can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    MSYS2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.

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  3. MinGW-w64

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    The project's goal is to deliver runtime, headers, and libs for developing 64 bit (x64), as well as 32 bit (x86), windows applications using gcc-4.4 or newer versions.

    ⚫︎ PortableMinGW-w64 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. gow

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful

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    Discontinued

    No activity for over a year.

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    qmake

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    qmake is a tool from The Qt Company that helps simplify the build process for development project across different platforms. qmake automates the generation of Makefiles so that only a few lines of information are needed to create each Makefile.

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