November 05, 2012, 11:25 AM — With its newly released Windows Phone SDK 8.0, Microsoft is offering a better story for smartphone software developers, but the SDK itself may force some developers to undergo system upgrades.
Technologists and developers who have sampled the SDK -- mainly Microsoft partners with early access, such as officials at Sencha, Telerik, and Crittercism -- mostly like what they've seen. But software architect and blogger Tad Anderson has given the SDK itself a thumbs-down, calling it a "big-time flop" in a blog entry. Still, he likes Microsoft's overall prospects in the smartphone realm.
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Windows Phone 8 expands the capabilities developers can tapWindows Phone 8 could at long last give Microsoft the smartphone it needs to make up for lost ground in the mobile space, which is now dominated by Google's Android smartphones and Apple's iPhone. "Our developer community, our ecosystem is strongly telling us that Windows Phone 8 is a platform they're going to pay attention to," says Aditya Bansod, vice president of product marketing at mobile software development platform provider Sencha.
Unlike its predecessor, Windows Phone 7.5 platform, the Windows Phone 8 SDK supports Web-based development in the Internet Explorer 10 browser, Bansod says. He claims that will translate to more more applications developed for Windows Phone 8, for which the first devices are shipping in Europe this week, with U.S. models expected before Christmas.