Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7.8 SDK

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Yesterday, we got a sort-of-official release date for the first updates to bring Windows Phone 7.8 to existing Windows Phone 7.5 handsets, as posted by Microsoft’s Windows Phone Colombia Facebook account. Obviously, we’d like to see the same info parroted by a slightly more high profile voice at the company before sinking too much faith into it, but it’s a good start. As we wait for the first updates to arrive, Microsoft is getting itself ready for the software’s release, making the Windows Phone 7.8 SDK available to its development community.

This release doesn’t add any new APIs, and will still produce apps aimed at WP7.5 devices, but it will give developers an opportunity to tweak their apps for supporting WP7.8’s new Live Tile options.

Ultimately, it’s a pretty small change, but we’re just excited to see the software’s release, because this could lend support to what we’ve heard about WP7.8 updates being nearly ready to go, with initial distribution targeted for the very end of the month.

Source: Microsoft

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