Microsoft reportedly all set to roll out the Developer Preview program for Windows Phone SDK 8.0. According to a recent blog post from the company, the developers may download the program by 17th September. To get the support, there will be an application and accepted developer will be notified after the date of deadline.
The main motive of the company behind launching this program is to minimize the efforts of the developers and teach them how to work smarter, not harder. The development kit will make it possible for the developers to optimize various apps for Windows Phone 8.
Initially, all the features of the Windows Phone 8 will not be included in the SDK. Just because of this reason, company is not allowing all the developers to get benefits of this preview program. The developers will have to apply for the program and only selected applicants will get access to it. In fact, currently there is no confirmation made about the features which this SDK will be sporting. There is a clear motive behind this as Microsoft wants to keep the excitement and interest of the developers for this program.
The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 will be capable of developing apps and games for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5. The tool is built on Visual Studio 2012. Other specifications are not yet revealed and it’s anticipated the company may unveil them in coming weeks.
To make the apps available for the users, Microsoft is renaming its app store to Windows Phone Store. Previously, it was known as Marketplace. The company has made Bing as its default search engine which will provide the app search results for Microsoft. This will make it easier for users to find the apps of Windows Phone.
There is still no confirmation made by Microsoft about the launching date of smart phones equipped with the new operating system. According to some trustworthy sources, some Windows based phones like Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 along with Samsung Ativ S may hit the showrooms by November this year.