In the wake of the Nokia Lumia 920 release, Microsoft has snubbed some of the most important contributors to its new operating system: developers, developers, developers!
The Windows Phone 8 SDK applications release date was announced today, coinciding with the release date of the first high-end Window Phone 8 device announcement. Microsoft has opened applications for the Windows Phone 8 SDK, but it will be harder to gain access to this SDK than any other that has come before it.
Microsoft won't be giving access to just anyone. Microsoft will give priority to any developers that have already published apps to Windows Phone. In essence, they'll be favoring the developers that chose to develop for Windows Phone before there was any major buzz for it. How exactly this will help the company garner better app development remains to be seen.
"The full Windows Phone 8 SDK will be made publically available later this year when we unveil Windows Phone 8. Until then, we believe this program offers more published developers a way to explore the SDK and get started on the next wave of amazing Windows Phone apps," said Microsoft in a statement.
In addition to announcing that the company would only be rolling out the SDK to developers that have already released apps on Microsoft Windows Phone, Microsoft has pushed back the release date of the SDK. Developers have been especially eager to get their hands on the future SDK because Microsoft made several significant changes to the latest iteration of its mobile operating system. Of those changes, the most significant is that Microsoft is using something similar to the Windows 8 core in order to power Windows Phone 8. The underlying idea is that developers will have an easier time developing for both tablet and smartphone iterations of their apps.
Windows Phone 8 also includes features that weren't included in previous iterations of the operating system such as multi-core support, NFC support, encryption and a variety of other features that have become the norm among most popular smartphone operating systems.
Windows Phone 8 SDK is expected to be launched the same day as Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 8, according to a CNET report, meaning that the Windows Phone 8 SDK release date will be October 29. Microsoft still hasn't officially announced the release date.
Senior director for Windows Marketplace at Microsoft Todd Brix warns developers that although the company will be rolling out details about how Windows Phone developers with published can apply, he wants most developers that "program access will be limited."
The latest news to come out about the Windows Phone 8 SDK comes on the exact same day as Nokia's highly publicized press event where the company revealed its new flagship Windows 8 Phones, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. The smartphones were eagerly anticipated because previous iterations of the Lumia brand were well-received, although those phones ran on Windows Mobile 7.0, which will no longer be supported by Microsoft after the release of Windows Phone 8.
Many believe that Nokia was best positioned to help display the greatness of Windows Phone 8 because it had successfully created a beautiful Windows Mobile 7 phone. Most expected the release to be a slight upgrade of the company's previous Windows Mobile devices, and that's exactly what they were.
The Nokia Lumia 920 featured excellent specs that include a 4.5-inch PureMotionHD+ display, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2,000mAh battery, NFC and more. The Lumia 920 is able to play high-definition videos at 1080p and shows images at a 1,280 x 768 resolution. One of the most talked about features of the phone was the company's choice to include a wireless charging station with the phone. The wireless charger helps differentiate the phone from others on the market, though it may ultimately be a gimmick.
Regardless of whether the Nokia 920 is a well-built phone, new developers that are anxious to get their hands on such as device and begin developing will be out of luck. Microsoft has continued to reiterate that it will trickle out the SDK, which will include some of the Windows Phone 8 camera APIs that were unveiled at Nokia's press conference.
If you're itchin' to get your hands on the Windows Phone 8 SDK and you haven't developed for Windows Phone before, don't hold your breath waiting.