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What Windows Phone 8 Offers Developers

The SDK is now available for download.


On Monday, Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 8. The new mobile OS is full of features for business users and consumers, and it also has a few things to offer the mobile development industry. First, Microsoft promises to treat third-party apps as "Live Apps," which means they will be deeply integrated into digital wallets, social media and other services.

Second, Windows Phone 8's lock screen will feature a rotating scroll of apps--either favorites or a random rotation. That should help boost downloads and use sessions.

Finally, the platform's app store doesn't have as many apps as its competitors. That offers developers a greater chance of being discovered and/or featured.

At the launch event, Microsoft also announced the Windows Phone 8 SDK would become available for download beginning Tuesday.

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