Windows Phone 8.1 SDK finding its way to select developers?

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Based on some of the latest rumors surrounding development of Windows Phone 8.1, we might hope to see Microsoft make an official announcement in just a few weeks – the most promising theory ties the news to the upcoming Build conference, getting started on April 2. But it sounds like some lucky devs are getting early access, as reports come in that Microsoft is currently handing out NDAs and signing up a subset of WP8 devs for access to the 8.1 SDK.

What does that mean for you? While those NDAs are supposed to keep a tight lid on 8.1 news, these things tend to have a habit of leaking out eventually, so the more devs’ hands the software ends up in, the better our chances that some of it slips through the cracks and hits the public a little early.

We also hear that immediately following the 8.1 announcement, Microsoft intends to make the software available via its Developer Preview Program. That formally got started with last fall’s GDR3 update, and with the arrival of 8.1, it should let devs everywhere get early access to the platform in advance of OEMs (oh, who are we kidding – we mean Nokia) releasing specific firmware updates for their individual handsets.

Source: WPCentral

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