Rumor: Windows Phone 8 SDK enters Release Candidate stage

Despite the fact Windows Phone 8 is set to be launched in just over a week's time, an SDK for the new operating system still hasn't been released by Microsoft. If a tipster to WMPoweruser is correct, the Windows Phone 8 SDK has just entered the Release Candidate stage, allowing select developers access to the SDK for the first time.

Previously there was an SDK floating around, although the word on the street is that it was only made available to a small, exclusive group of developers. The Release Candidate version of the SDK presumably has been given to a lager group of developers including WMPU's tipster, however it still isn't ready for a final public release which we expect to occur at launch on October 29th.

The reason behind the lack of SDK release is to apparently keep unannounced Windows Phone 8 features secret. Numerous features have already leaked about the operating system without an official announcement by Microsoft, such as Kid's Corner and Rooms, so these "unannounced features" could actually be stuff we've already seen. That said, it could also be something completely new which would be mighty cool.

Keep a look out for more Windows Phone 8 news ahead of the October 29th event.

Source: WMPoweruser | Image via WMPU

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It is true, I got an email from MSFT letting me know it was available. but with nothing but bad news in the WP sales front, I may just abandon the platform as a developer. I may hold on to a nokia 920 as a last ditch effort, but I expect the company to go under, or go android which will pretty much be the kiss of death for windows phone.

neonspark said,
It is true, I got an email from MSFT letting me know it was available. but with nothing but bad news in the WP sales front, I may just abandon the platform as a developer. I may hold on to a nokia 920 as a last ditch effort, but I expect the company to go under, or go android which will pretty much be the kiss of death for windows phone.

i actually think windows 8, surface, new Xbox dash and then the new WP8 devices will bring the entire ecosystem into front view for a lot of people and finally give WP a slmych needed sales boost due to awareness.

LogicalApex said,
This is the worst part of the launch... No SDK by now is mind numbing. MS better show off something groundbreaking.

That's the question I have since I've only casually been following WP8 news... Why is it being released just now?

Syanide said,
That's the question I have since I've only casually been following WP8 news... Why is it being released just now?

Because Google and Samsung can pivot faster than Microsoft can.

deadonthefloor said,

Because Google and Samsung can pivot faster than Microsoft can.

Well lets hope there is some mind blowing feature that gets announced on the 29th. As it stands now, nothing groundbreaking is coming...

Awesome! This will come out in just enough time for my to write my Hello World app so it's in the store in time for the release of the phones!

IronChef75 said,
Awesome! This will come out in just enough time for my to write my Hello World app so it's in the store in time for the release of the phones!

Oh God, please do not fill the store with "hello world" apps we don't want appstore 2.0!

ingramator said,

Oh God, please do not fill the store with "hello world" apps we don't want appstore 2.0!

You are right. We are approaching end of 2012 and with it the end of the world so he should really focus on "Goodbye world" app instead.

ingramator said,

Oh God, please do not fill the store with "hello world" apps we don't want appstore 2.0!

It was meant to be a fart app, but their wasn't time to complete it with Windows 8 specific features.

IronChef75 said,

It was meant to be a fart app, but their wasn't time to complete it with Windows 8 specific features.

Yea no kidding. With the time MS is releasing this SDK you'll have an hour or two to get your app submitted if you hope to have it in the marketplace when devices start selling.