Sep 052012
 September 5, 2012  Posted by at 11:02 pm Not So Stupid Questions Tagged with: , , , ,  Add comments

[To celebrate my first year of programming I will ask a ‘stupid’ questions daily on my blog for a year, to make sure I learn at least 365 new things during my second year as a developer]

We want our toolkit!

Without knowing how much I can reveal right know, I will be making a Windows phone 8 app for a client. Problem is, there is no SDK out yet. After some intensive googling I’m no wiser as I read everything from this summer, thus fall, this winter and different dates. I tweeted the question and the community was quick to answer. One even wrote up a blog post immediately have a read here.

The answer is:

A version of the SDK was leaked earlier this summer, while Microsoft managed to pull the plug on most of the sources, you can still get a hold of the SDK. From a Chinese site rumors have it. Not sure if I would that though…

On September 12th there will be an announcement in regards to the WP8 SDK preview, and it seems like only a few lucky devs will be able to access it

The official release is predicted to be a few days prior to the WP8 launch , maybe earlier. The WP8 launch is on October 29th a few days after Windows 8 release.

What do you think of the limited SDK preview strategy, and the (according to a few devs) late SDK release?

  3 Responses to “Stupid question 37: When will the Windows Phone SDK be available for devs?”

  1. With Win 7 itself MS had changed the strategy a bit and weren’t as forthcoming with their beta/community builds as earlier. With WP7 and Win 8 however things were a bit different – new platform and for the first time exposure to market place. Hence it made sense to take devs along so that the market place had something in it by the time the product hits the market. With WP8 that isn’t necessary given that anything built on WP7 will pretty much run as is on WP8. Additionally there aren’t devices available to test the apps. So the only thing devs have is the simulator. With the significant platform shift in WP8, there could be proposed changes in phone’s market place and hence there probably are delays to align everything

  2. On the flip side the delay is good.. allows some breathing space.. else too many releases happening at too fast a pace 🙂

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