As I was saying earlier in the Nokia Lumia 920 release date article, this whole Windows Phone 8 launch thingy could’ve been a little - what's the word? - tighter. Yeah, it could've been tighter.
Continuing that train of thought, Microsoft has finally – finally – released the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Phone 8.
As Microsoft yells: “The Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.0 provides you with the tools that you need to develop apps and games for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5.”
Previously, Microsoft had encouraged developers to continue developing for Windows Phone 7.5, safe in the knowledge that apps would also be compatible with Windows Phone 8. That's not quite the same; the new SDK will allow developers to take advantage of features specific to Windows Phone 8.
Somewhat surprisingly, you’ll have to be bang up to date with Windows on your desktop/laptop if you want to develop for Windows Phone 8. See, the 64-bit version of Windows 8 is a prerequisite.
Having said that, it was a similar case when the Windows Phone 8 SDK was leaked back in July. It would only run on Windows 8 preview edition.
Meanwhile, a post on The Windows Blog looks to entice potential Windows Phone 8 developers, with Dev Center accounts going for just $8 (a saving of 92%) for the next seven days.