1. speedtouch's Avatar
    I am still trying to wrap my mind around why the SDK was not released a long time ago. I saw the presentation today and was wondering the whole time, "What is so amazingly special here that MS had to keep the SDK in a top secret safe in a top secret room in a top secret bunker in a top secret location for all this time?"

    Just what was soooo special to keep developers (who we desperately need, by the way) from getting their hands on the WP8 SDK?
    10-29-2012 03:22 PM
  2. VagrantWade's Avatar
    The SDK was released a long time ago. To like 500 developers. It just isn't public until tomorrow.
    10-29-2012 03:25 PM
  3. 1101x10's Avatar
    They are only interested initially in getting the big name apps into the store and have been working with those developers. This is what most customers will be asking for.
    10-29-2012 03:31 PM
  4. squire777's Avatar
    Most likely to just keep it secret from the prying eyes of other companies. Google loves to poach ideas these days so it was probably best to keep it as locked down as possible. I could be wrong but that's just my guess.
    10-29-2012 03:38 PM
  5. speedtouch's Avatar
    The SDK was released a long time ago. To like 500 developers. It just isn't public until tomorrow.
    Exactly, to a very select few developers. Meanwhile, other excited developers were left in the lurch. Shameful.
    10-30-2012 01:31 PM
  6. badMojo69's Avatar
    MSFT is doing a bang up job with this.
    I like it!
    10-30-2012 02:00 PM
  7. dkp23's Avatar
    They never announced Rooms, kids corner, and live apps until yesterday. It was all rumors and leaks, so they officially announced it yesterday.
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    10-30-2012 02:02 PM
  8. power5's Avatar
    Whats a live app? I thought that was just a MSFT terminology for apps on their platform because they are not static icons.

    I have no issues only seeing the top developers get the SDK early. Gives devs a reason to try harder. Want that opportunity on wp9, give MS a reason.
    10-30-2012 04:30 PM
  9. speedtouch's Avatar
    They never announced Rooms, kids corner, and live apps until yesterday. It was all rumors and leaks, so they officially announced it yesterday.
    Ah ha, that is right. I forgot about those. Thanks!
    10-30-2012 08:08 PM
  10. aubreyq's Avatar
    Whats a live app? I thought that was just a MSFT terminology for apps on their platform because they are not static icons.
    The way I understand it, Live App has replaced the term "Live Tile."
    10-31-2012 12:42 PM
  11. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    The way I understand it, Live App has replaced the term "Live Tile."
    Din't they say that Live Apps are the ones that can interact with other apps too? All apps "may" have live tiles but those live tiles that are able to interact via voice or UI with other apps are live apps e.g. lenses?
    10-31-2012 12:43 PM
  12. aubreyq's Avatar
    Din't they say that Live Apps are the ones that can interact with other apps too? All apps "may" have live tiles but those live tiles that are able to interact via voice or UI with other apps are live apps e.g. lenses?
    Hmmm...you might be right. Now you got me thinking...
    10-31-2012 12:50 PM
  13. a5cent's Avatar
    I watched the WP8 announcement. As I understood it, live apps are those apps which can display content on the lock screen, like Facebook. At least that was the context in which Microsoft mentioned the term.
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    10-31-2012 12:54 PM
  14. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    You might be right.

    "Live Apps also can be pinned to users' lock screens. Out of the box, Windows Phone 8 will include several Live Apps -- email, messaging, calendar and the Windows Phone Store. The new and improved Microsoft Skype app for Windows 8 also can be put on the lock screen.

    Microsoft will be allowing third-party developers to build Live Apps. These Live Apps can integrate with the lock screen, and also integrate into the new Windows Phone 8 Wallet and other hubs on the phone. The ability to choose among three different sizes of tiles as part of Windows Phone 8 OS."

    Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 has live tiles and live apps | ZDNet
    10-31-2012 01:01 PM
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