Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview signups begin

As promised last week, Microsoft has now opened up sign ups for Windows Phone app developers to receive a preview version of the SDK for Windows Phone 8. The sign ups will be limited to developers for "our most-downloaded apps" The sign up period will end on Monday, September 17th. Microsoft will let app developers know if they have been picked to receive the SDK in the following week.

The official Windows Phone Developer blog post also gives an explanation as to why Microsoft is limiting access to this build of the Windows Phone 8 SDK. Microsoft says:

The reason is that not all Windows Phone 8 features have been announced and our SDK includes comprehensive emulators that allow developers to test apps against a wide range of Windows Phone features. We recognize that this is a different approach to delivering tools than we’ve taken in the past. Our goal is to generate as much Windows Phone 8 excitement as possible to attract new customers when phones go on sale. This is one of many steps we’re taking to help give you what you (and we) want most.

The blog post adds that Windows Phone 8 is still "on track" to launch sometime later this year. So far, the only devices that has been seen in public running on the OS are Nokia's Lumia 820 and 920 smartphones.

Source: Windows Phone developer blog | Image via Nokia

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I'm still scratching my head on this. Why isn't this just open to all registered devs? At this rate no apps will be ready for Windows Phone 8 when these devices go on sale if they will actually launch early November.

Frazell Thomas said,
I'm still scratching my head on this. Why isn't this just open to all registered devs? At this rate no apps will be ready for Windows Phone 8 when these devices go on sale if they will actually launch early November.

Big time developers who make the "important" apps probably already have the SDK. It's just small-timers who get it late.

mrp04 said,

Big time developers who make the "important" apps probably already have the SDK. It's just small-timers who get it late.

I would tend to agree, but then Microsoft starts limiting even the small fries so you are left wondering. I mean why limit the SDK at all since it should be near release within a couple of weeks anyway... Unless this thing won't be shipping with the OS or the OS won't be on sale in Nov.

Frazell Thomas said,
I'm still scratching my head on this. Why isn't this just open to all registered devs? At this rate no apps will be ready for Windows Phone 8 when these devices go on sale if they will actually launch early November.

All Windows Phone 7 apps will work on Windows Phone 8... that's 100,000+ apps, and they should be ready without devs having to do anything.

Still, I'll do my homework, recompile, and update my apps accordingly

rfirth said,

All Windows Phone 7 apps will work on Windows Phone 8... that's 100,000+ apps, and they should be ready without devs having to do anything.

Still, I'll do my homework, recompile, and update my apps accordingly

Obviously, but there is a reason there is a Windows Phone 8 SDK. If WP7 apps were good enough they wouldn't be releasing a new SDK at all...

My point is this SDK shouldn't be limited when devices are only about 1.5 months away.

Probably so. But I'm going to uphold my integrity and keep true to the contract I made with Microsoft if they pick me. I wish everyone in the world would simply do the right thing.