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Microsoft Windows Phone app head happy about WP8 SDK launch

As part of its BUILD developer conference last week, Microsoft launched the final public version of its Windows Phone 8 SDK tools. With the first Windows Phone 8 devices now on sale in the US, one of the big questions has been if app developers will become more interested in making apps based on the mobile OS.

At the moment, it looks like things are looking up on that front. Todd Brix, the Senior Director of the Windows Phone Apps Team at Microsoft, posted up a number of messages on his Twitter account this week with information on how the SDK has been received so far.

He mentions that since BUILD 2012, the company has been "Averaging 1,500 new dev registrations PER DAY" for Windows Phone 8. He added in another post that the Windows Phone 8 SDK has become "the most rapidly downloaded SDK MSFT has shipped this year!."  Finally, he said that the number of downloads for the SDK in its first eight days has been double the amount that the SDK for Windows Phone 7.1 received in its first eight days.

All of this activity has to be encouraging to Microsoft as it continues to try and gain a foothold in the smartphone industry against Apple's iOS and Google's Android. Hopefully the launch of the new Windows Phone 8 devices will also be well received by consumers.

Source: Todd Brix on Twitter | Image via Microsoft

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