Give us that sweet, sweet native code
Okay, we’re going to be honest here (and snarky) as we’re not that psyched for a landing page, in fact we can’t believe we’re writing this story. But for developers out there itching to get their hands on the new SDK for Windows Phone 8, we do like to throw them a bone every once in awhile to get them excited.
Yes, evidently last night developer Robert McLaws managed to find the elusive page which is now serving as a place-holder until Microsoft gives the green light for its release. The page can be found at https://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/featured/windows-phone-8-sdk, which depending on how much of a nerd you are may or may not get your blood pumping (we won’t judge as we stayed up watching anime till 6am last night).
Behold! An actual landing page
There is of course very little to the page. Microsoft simply recaps the 7.1 SDK, lets us know that when the 8 SDK is released they’ll update this page, yadda yadda.
Windows Phone Central expects the SDK to be released on or slightly before September 7th due to the corresponding dates of TechEd 2012 happening in Australia. With Microsoft and Nokia now holding a joint-press conference on September 5th in New York, there’s a good chance the SDK will be announced on that day with the download availability following shortly after.
The bigger issue is whether or not developers will have enough time to start making Windows Phone 8 apps for the expected October release of new devices? It seems the big developers are already hard at work on their WP8 ports leaving just the smaller independents at the mercy of Microsoft’s schedule.