Setting up up a hybrid app environment on a Windows machine can take multiple steps and be time-consuming and challenging for beginners. First, you need to go out and get Java, then NodeJS. Finally, you need to download the Android SDK. Once you’ve completed those steps, you need to manually add each one to your path. Thankfully, the Visual Studio team created the Tools for Apache Cordova package for VS2013 and built the package into VS2015, making it much easier to prepare your Windows machine to build hybrid apps. Let’s take a look at how we can use Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova in a hybrid app.