At the //BUILD 2012 Conference, Microsoft launched the new Windows Phone 8 Developer Platform. This was in the making for long and with its gates finally open, the Windows Phone Dev Center also gets a revamp, now accepting app submissions for the Windows Phone 8 platform.
Microsoft also took this opportunity to launch the Windows Phone 8 SDK which was keenly awaited by many folks from the community. The new Windows Phone Developer Platform habituates the developer to more flexibility while developing apps with support to features like better Live Tiles, Lenses, NFC support, and custom app notifications and wallpaper on the lock screen.
The Windows Phone Dev Center contains useful resources on how to design an appropriate Windows Phone 8 app by understanding the basic design principles, how to get your hands dirty with code, how to publish your completed app on the Windows Phone Store and also provides an interaction medium for the developer to interact with community members about his app, doubts etc.
As an added incentive, for the next 8 days individual developers can register for a Dev Center account for just $8 (a 92 percent savings). They’ll be charged $99 USD or equivalent in your local currency, and the difference will be refunded in the next 30 to 45 days. This is a limited-time offer of which developers looking to do some serious coding should definitely take notice of.
Download the Windows Phone 8 SDK from here.
Time to get your hands dirty with some code. Let the Windows Phone 8 App Development marathon begin!