Upcoming Windows Phone developer conference reveals Apollo info

Back in January, we brought you the news of the first independent Windows Phone developer conference not sponsored by Microsoft called WP DevCon occurring October 22-24th in Burlingame, CA.

The listing and descriptions of the classes being offered during the conference hav been released and interestingly enough, there's a whole class on Windows Phone Apollo development. Seeing as the classes are in late October, perhaps we shouldn't be shocked that Windows Phone 8 will be discussed at length during such an event. But what makes it interesting is some of the details revealed.

The session is being led by Paras Wadehra, Principal Software Engineer at Good Technology and ex-Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft:

"This session will guide you on how to develop for Windows Phone Apollo, the new version of Windows Phone due out by the end of this year. You will learn the new resolutions needed to support and target Windows Phone Apollo, the new hardware you will program against, the changes coming to the Windows Phone Marketplace, and much more. There will be some code shown, which will help you migrate your Windows Phone Mango apps to target Windows Phone Apollo. The session will also help you understand the marketing aspects of apps targeting Windows Phone Apollo in order to help you get your apps approved the first time. You will also learn about the new emulator as well as new reporting features available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.At the end of the session, you will be ready to write and upload apps to the new Windows Phone Marketplace. Please note: Knowledge of the Windows Phone Developer ecosystem is required. In order to appreciate the difference between Mango and Apollo, it is also preferable that you have developed at least one app currently in the Marketplace."

Since the session is in October and Apollo is mentioned as "due out by the end of this year" it sounds like we're still looking at a November or December release for the new OS. That's the bad news and contradicts some earlier rumors of a possible early October release (though schedule changes are certainly plausible).

The good news is the Windows Phone 8 emulator will already be out by that point and we bet it will be released in June when Microsoft holds their own developer conference in San Francisco. It's also the first real confirmation of different resolutions being offered in Windows Phone 8, though once again, this shouldn't be a surprise at this point.

Read the whole Windows Phone DevCon catalog here (PDF) and visit their site (www.wpdevcon.net) for more information in case you want to attend. Thanks, rutvik19, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • I hope we get the update.. Or at least the most we could get out of it. I'd be satisfied.
  • Not happening...IMO ;-)
  • microsoft needs to reassure we current users get the update, asap :(
  • If they really /are/ independent, they don't have any inside info: so they're probably just speculating on what the conference will bring re: Apollo, in order to sell tickets and get press.
    Nothing to see here, folks. I would still expect a mid-summer dev beta, upgrades to existing phones in late summer and new hardware early autumn.
  • You don't think a Principal Software Engineer at Good Technology and an ex-Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft has "inside" info on Windows Phone 8? Really? Some people do know about Windows Phone 8. It's not like a cabal of five pepole at this point. We have reports of it dogfooding in Redmond starting March 30th and clearl MS's partners have been briefed already (see the Pocketnow leaked video story). I'm pretty sure large software partners, including enterprise companies who've worked closely with Nokia (and Microsoft) recently, would have access.
  • Even if he did, I'm sure he wouldn't allowed to divulge it. NDAs and that.
  • True but NDAs can be fuzzy and lets not forget all the mistakes that regularly happen that reveal new info and/or devices. I'm pretty sure the Focus 2 was under NDA yet we managed to get a spy shot just a few days ago before anyone had seen it. The tell tale sign though will be if this PDF gets pulled and modified.
  • According to the document properties, it was created on 4/27/2012 and modified on 5/3/2012. So maybe the info isn't as stale? I guess we'll wait and see.
  • Also it is likely that the speaker knows that at the time of the conference this info will be public. He is not really revealing much in the session info anyway.
  • Daniel's Right! It takes time to develop new devices, so there's a lot of people working at Nokia, Samsung, and HTC who are working with some form of WP8 software as we speak! They have to be, counting on it's May, you better hope they have devices with at least beta WP8 software if you hope to get your hands on one before the end of the year. They are legally sworn to secrecy, and you can believe that!
  • Tentative schedules are tentative :-P
    Like an unofficial conference knows the Apollo release dates? Please.
  • "...help you migrate your Windows Phone Mango apps to target Windows Phone Apollo..". As Microsoft represantative mentioned Mango apps will be supported by Apollo, but it seems that some tweaking is required instead of Apollo gracefully displaying the apps automatically on higher resolution devices..
  • I really think MS should try and cut down on the time between announcement and release. :(
  • True! I agree... Although, with WP8 this seems much like what they are doing. And, they held out on unveiling the Focus2, and it comes out two weeks from now. They're getting better.
  • Um, I sure as hell hope we get Apollo info way before frickin October.
  • Yeah, me too!
  • Dang, that late October date for people to LEARN how to develop for WP8. The only thing that gives me comfort is that this is an independent conference and maybe the Apollo info will be out before then. I just want WP8 handsets at least in November. Microsoft cannot afford to miss out on the holidays.