Windows Phone 8 SDK to be available as invite-only preview from September 12

In a post to the Windows Team Blog shortly after the announcements today, Microsoft confirmed the Windows Phone 8 SDK will be available in the near future, but only to a select group of developers.

According to the post, the SDK will not be available until Microsoft "publicly unveils Windows Phone 8" (which we thought they were doing today) at some point later in the year. Only current Windows Phone developers with published applications in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace will be able to apply for the Windows Phone 8 SDK this month.

The kit will be in a near-final form, probably a release candidate when given to developers who apply, so it's clear Windows Phone 8 isn't quite gold just yet. There'll be more details next Wednesday, so we'll keep you in the loop then.

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I was hoping they will make it available for everyone. I'm working a few apps for Windows 8 and will make a few for Windows Phone 8 as well.

We will have to wait a little longer for access to the SDK

wtf Microsoft, you don't get more developers through an invite only program. We're not asking for a free phone, just the SDK. It's already leaked anyway.

As much as I'd like to get my hands on this, if it's not ready and I haven't published an app, I won't be too upset about it. Now if I HAD published one and were making money off of it, I'd fully expect to be invited.

They're keeping it locked down to stop any leaks from happening. By making people register for it I'm sure they'll also have to agree to a NDA and the builds of the SDK they get could even be digitally marked in some fashion so if it does leak on the internet they'll know from who.

In a patent world as crazy as mobile is now keeping secrets on features and design is they're first goal it seems.

Hmmm.... next Wednesday, you say? Why is that date familiar? Oh yes. That probably explains why the full reveal of WP8 wasn't done today.

spc1972 said,
Hmmm.... next Wednesday, you say? Why is that date familiar? Oh yes. That probably explains why the full reveal of WP8 wasn't done today.

Oh, good point, it is the 12th, heh.

scumdogmillionaire said,
goddamn. what are they doing with this thing??!! not helping getting developers like myself on board that's for sure.

I'm pretty sure that they would release it to all if they could. Unfortunately, I think they are still working really hard on finishing Windows Phone 8 RTM so they are not ready to commit to public release.

scumdogmillionaire said,
goddamn. what are they doing with this thing??!! not helping getting developers like myself on board that's for sure.

The disconnect is that there has not been an official full feature/functionality announcement, and until there is, an open developer community access would create problems, as students and anyone with $100 could get a look at the OS before the features are announced and fully finalized.

Microsoft has done this in the past with restricted developer access to OS builds and developer tools, in fact it was common in the 1990s. NT was released as a developer build, that was somewhat restricted, and VS/VB and others have had delayed releases based on OS feature sets, especially VB for Win95.

I agree it is not the best solution, but at least they are providing it to people that have proven themselves as developers with published Apps.

(Many of the Partner/Development programs with Microsoft over the years had requirements of a planned application, follow up and publishing it to get into early and low cost access.)