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Developers blast Microsoft for limiting Windows Phone 8 preview

Ted Samson | Sept. 10, 2012
WP8 Preview Program restricted to published developers, final SDK won't be available until finished OS is unveiled

"The general availability of the SDK will coincide with the WP8 launch? So there's no chance of getting my app ready by the time the platform first ships? Capital. Thanks for the disappointment, Microsoft. Developers, developers, developers my fanny," wrote Seva Alekseyev.

"I don't want to install Visual Studio 2010 or Visual Studio Express 2010. I don't want dance around fire to make my VS 2010 work in Windows 8.... I'm first WP7 developer in my country, I'm fighting against every iPhone and Android developer to make WP7 a winner. I'm preaching Windows Phone 7 every day in my country. Hell, I'm tired doing this for MS for free.... Why [do] iOS devs get an SDK 3 months earlier from release? I spent money to buy a new laptop, because my Core2Duo doesn't support virtualization," wrote a user with the screen name Arterius.

It remains to be seen how this will affect the release and reception of WP8. Early adopters of the platform will, from day one, no doubt want apps that take advantage of WP8's new features. But that won't happen if developers aren't being given enough tools and time.

 

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