Windows Phone 8 already in 'VIP' developers' hands

      

It's rumored that during September, Microsoft will officially take the wraps off Windows Phone 8 for the consumer, and that handset manufacturers will begin announcing new devices after that. 

Neowin has learned today that Microsoft has given heavily guarded Windows Phone 8 handsets to developers that were identified as "star developers" or "VIP's" during the Windows Phone 7 lifecycle. These developers have been given early access to handsets to begin development on the promise that they have an application ready for launch.

It may seem logical, but multiple sources have confirmed that a number of handsets are in the wild but are under strict monitoring conditions. We don't know for certain, but these are supposedly early Nokia prototypes, very similar to the current Lumia range.

Hopefully we'll finally learn how the platform fits into the consumer story in just a few short weeks, and if Microsoft is smart, perhaps they can beat Apple to their big announcement on September 12. Either way, it's good news that Microsoft has already begun the push to getting applications ready for launch.

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Guys( and girls, of course), remember the Xbox killer feature: Smart Glass?.... Keep an eye on that.. I bet the Xbox will also get an OS upgrade to seamlessly integrate with Win8 and WinPhone8 and will be used as a specific WP8 feature that no other device has.... September can't come soon enough!!!!

We already know the Windows RT tablet will be lighter and run on battery longer than the current iPad. Add that to the touch in W8 and the new WP8 and the upcoming XBox and you have enough to go after Apple.

I don't know about getting ahead of the Apple announcement. I think apart from a bigger screen, more social network integration and LTE support that will be it for the iPhone 5.

MS can then come in with a combined release of Windows 8, WP8 and even a teaser Xbox announcement along with all the new software for all those platforms and media deals.

I think MS actually have so much more to announce than Apple do this time it might be best to wait for the week afterwards. The benefit being you can pick holes in the Apple stuff and customise the MS product launch text to show how it is better than the "X competition" ;-)

I wonder if the HBO GO and Amazon Apps that are on xbox will be easy to port over to windows 8 and widows 8 phone, anyone know because that would be awesome to have all the xbox apps available at launch..

and why doesn't Windows 8 METRO(MODERN) STARTSCREEN look like this? I want smaller icons and allow duplicate icons on the start screen in W8!

Jbenisek said,
and why doesn't Windows 8 METRO(MODERN) STARTSCREEN look like this? I want smaller icons and allow duplicate icons on the start screen in W8!

Can't tell the source but there were 2 teams developing W8 start screen, one wanted to make it more WP8 like while other... won

I really hope to see a upgrade offer for current WM7.5 USERS because of WM7.8 maybe it's only a trade-in credit on the current phone or Verizon offering an early contract renewal price rate for current WM7 owners.

It makes sense, really. I'm sure they've got game makers in particular working on it since Windows Phone 8 actually allowed to run native code unlike Windows Phone 7. Betting EA and Epic have been offered a chance, at the very least.

mrmomoman said,
I would like to see what happens to that developer if a phone gets on ebay

That person and their company get blacklisted faster than Apple got rid of Gizmodo.

mrmomoman said,
I would like to see what happens to that developer if a phone gets on ebay

Microsoft send the "erase & detonate" command to the phone and the memory gets wiped just before the battery explodes

mrmomoman said,
I would like to see what happens to that developer if a phone gets on ebay

or they could just sell it in a bar and say they lost it there

mrmomoman said,
I would like to see what happens to that developer if a phone gets on ebay

That could be a felony. That's grand theft.