Leak: Windows Phone 8.1 confidential SDK files and supporting documentation

Well, it finally happened. After lots of confidential files relating to the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK had been appearing online in screenshot format, the entire bundle of documents can now be downloaded.

The download weighs in at 110MB and contains the confidential files that were included with the SDK. Included in the files are all of the details for the upcoming release but we should note that not all features mentioned in the documents will make it into the final release.

If you are looking to get your hands on the actual SDK, that program too, is floating around on the various corners of the Internet.

Naturally, this will not appease Microsoft who required the individuals who received these files sign an NDA. But, like many NDAs before it, it was quickly broken and the documents and files were quickly distributed.

Thanks for the tip @AngleWZR

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Why is there so little respect for NDA's?

Some time ago, I may or may not have had an opportunity to test something. That might have had an NDA, no problem. I can keep my mouth shut in a scenario like that. Pretend someone in the group posted it to a blogger, entire beta canned and everyone in that group was banned for at least 1 year and possibly forever.

Don't a tool, respect the NDA and you'll continue to gain access to cool things before they are released. Be a tool, talk about 'Fight Club' and be removed from the pool and possibly, ruin it for a bunch of other people.

zeke009 said,
Why is there so little respect for NDA's?

This is why MS has started to hold off on giving out SDKs for as long as possible, they did the same with the WP8 SDK and held off a bit too long.

Enron said,
Because everyone is so upset about the NDA spying on them, now they just want to leak everything they can.

what, just what the hell? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA what did I just read

FalseAgent said,

what, just what the hell? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA what did I just read

Don't look at me, ask Edward Snowden!

zeke009 said,
Why is there so little respect for NDA's?

Some time ago, I may or may not have had an opportunity to test something. That might have had an NDA, no problem. I can keep my mouth shut in a scenario like that. Pretend someone in the group posted it to a blogger, entire beta canned and everyone in that group was banned for at least 1 year and possibly forever.

Don't a tool, respect the NDA and you'll continue to gain access to cool things before they are released. Be a tool, talk about 'Fight Club' and be removed from the pool and possibly, ruin it for a bunch of other people.

Hidden watermarks man. It won't catch everyone, but if MSFT uses this, they can go after the leakers.

I wonder if there is a person in MS whose job title is something along the line of "Strategic NDA Breaker". Job description is "Identify what products that are under temporary NDA can have that NDA broken to increase interest in that product, with little to no risk of setting that product up for failure (IE: break NDA nearer to the release of the product to minimize occurrence of items that may be cut)
Tasks also include gauging community response to the leaked product"

I'm wondering if this is being "leaked" by MS itself. They're able to gauge response, and have enough time to change things that are poorly received.

Chikairo said,
I'm wondering if this is being "leaked" by MS itself. They're able to gauge response, and have enough time to change things that are poorly received.

Yeah it's pretty probable they leak info to gauge interests. In wake of the Xbox reveal last year I wouldn't put anything past them to avoid that kind of sh!t storm.

They expected the leak so they left things out, while there is a lot in it already that has leaked people in the know say there is much more to come. I expect a full reveal at build with a final SDK that's public. I think of this SDK as an limited beta, public preview at build with the ability for people to install it on their devices like with GDR3, new phones in May-June with a full rollout to 8.0 users around that time or a bit after.

Either way, spring-summer is going to be busy for WP.

Some developers have confirm that Microsoft know this might happen and left out parts out the SDK, like Cortana. So, the big things, aren't here anyway.

Appalling PR from Microsoft.
First, dont say anything, get everyone as frustrated as possible.
Then, release a ton of information to developers under NDA.

Bottom line : frustrated developers leak partial/inconsistent information all over the web, tech sites report on it as quick as possible degrading even more the quality of the message

Ace. Well done MS. Way to go.

Lol frustrated? The dev who first leaked it on reddit was like a kid on christmas eve. He'd started posting stuff as soon as he got accepted into the invitation and kept it up through installation and as he went through the sdk himself. The second leaker is AngelWRZ who is basically a pirate/leaker by profession. The whole internet was abuzz after that. All the other devs and users alike are superexcited about the great new features and closer integration with RT and the general consensus on reddit and other forums is that April couldn't come sooner. I don't think there has been this much hype over any other OS update as 8.1. Microsoft are not only bringing the most requested features, it looks like they're really gearing up for battle with 8.1. And that's just from what we know so far from the leaks. There's still a lot of stuff they can use to blow us away at build.

Dont me wrong i'm excited. But i find it a bit childish from MS to desperately try to create some surprise. I understand they want to keep some features secret (like cortana) but things like convergence of win8/wp8 should have been announced properly much earlier with accurate information (as opposed to the first leaks which were incorrect).
MS need to get the trust back from developers, and communicating frequently is one thing they must do to show their commitment, to share their roadmap, and get developers onboard.

You and some others I've seen elsewhere are confusing AngelWZR for WZOR. That WZR bit at the end of his handle is what causing this confusion. You mistakenly wrote it WRZ which sounds like warrez. But that WZR bit stands for his site windowz.ru.

I don't understand why a company with as much resources as MS has so many leaks.

I would estimate that they have a division just for finding out who leaked what. Any vendor with employees caught leaking information will not be used in the future.

any employee caught leaking information without proper authorization will be reprimanded and or terminated from work.

harder said than done to prove this stuff but MS has a lot at stake.

I would estimate that they have a division just for finding out who leaked what. Any vendor with employees caught leaking information will not be used in the future.

I'm sure they have methods of finding out who did it. But it would be impossible to control everything especially if its software that has to be distributed.

Only way to prevent it would be never use any third party people, keep everything under lock and key and then only accessible in one particular room that you have to give up your phone, wallet, keys etc to enter.

How about you remove the articles that support or encourage users in downloading illegal files? You're almost as bad as hosting the files yourselves.

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