Microsoft will Release Windows Phone 8 SDK on September 12
As Nokia and Samsung have started gloating about their Windows 8 phones, Microsoft is ready to launch the much-anticipated ‘kit’ for mobile app developers. Yes, Microsoft will finally let the cat out of the bag. The company plans to launch the Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) preview on September 12. However, Microsoft has managed to kindle some furor among developers for making the kit available to a limited group of developers. According to Todd Brix, senior director of the Windows Marketplace, Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview bits will allow only Windows Phone developers havingÂ published apps on the Windows Marketplace. The “full SDK” version will be available only after the launch of the Windows operating system on October 26.
Here is how he has further explained about the Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview launch –
“In June we provided an early look at some developer features of Windows Phone 8, promising to share the Software Development Kit (SDK) in late summer. Select partners and developers have already seen early builds of the new SDK, helping to test the new toolset and get started on Windows Phone 8 apps.
Today I’m happy to announce that the time has come to make the near-final kit available to more developers through the Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview Program. Next Wednesday I’ll share detailed instructions on how current Windows Phone developers with published apps can apply. But I do want to set your expectations that program access will be limited.
The full Windows Phone 8 SDK will be made publicly available later this year when we unveil Windows Phone 8. Until then, we believe this program offers more published developers a way to explore the SDK and get started on the next wave of amazing Windows Phone apps.
Look for more details Wednesday, September 12.
Finally, if you watched Nokia unveil its new Windows Phone 8 handsets in New York City today—the Lumia 820 and 920—you probably saw the on-stage demo of some new Windows Phone 8 camera APIs and a feature we call Lenses. Watch for additional info about how you can create your own Lenses in the coming weeks.”