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Windows Phone 8 SDK preview release leaks online [Updated]

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Although we’re expecting Microsoft to release the Windows Phone 8 SDK within the coming weeks, this morning the full SDK has managed to leak online via the site WPXAP.

The full SDK is available via two methods—the official Microsoft server with a password or a third party file site (which requires a 3rd party app to install first). We have downloaded the SDK and validated that it is indeed the full package.

Files include the SDK, which can only run on Windows 8 64-bit preview edition meaning many folks won’t be able to run this right now. In fact, we’ve heard that the official SDK will be a Windows 8-only release (both 32 and 64 bit).

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The files included are

  • Network Monitoring for Windows Phone Applications V1.pdf    
  • Optimizing Windows Phone Applications for Efficient Battery Consumption V1.pdf          
  • RPALSDK_LKG25.zip
  • Simulation Dashboard for Windows Phone Applications V1.pdf
  • Windows Phone 8 Developer Docs.chm
  • Windows Phone Apollo Release Notes.htm        
  • wpexpress.zip

The Developer docs (CHM) containing all the documentation with the new dev options--screenshots are posted below. We’ll get more up as soon as we can go through the files.

Developing...

Source: WPXAP; Thanks, talan1314, for the tip. More shots after the break...

Updated - Here are our follow up analyses

 

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awfiedler says:

Files include the SDK, which can only run on Windows 8 64-bit preview edition meaning many folks won’t be able to run this right now. In fact, we’ve heard that the official SDK will be a Windows 8-only release.
lolwut

theefman says:

So def going to be 64bit Windows 8 to dev? Rules me out for one.

k00ksta says:

How are you developing without 64 bit in this day and age? I could not even think about not having more than 4GB of ram available for my tool sets. :( .. MS Also did this for Sharepoint developement which required 64bit like last year.

theefman says:

Well if I dont have a 64bit PC already am I supposed to go out and buy a new one or format the one I have? The WP7 SDK installed fine on my 32bit Win7 Pro, cant expect me to blow that away or buy a new pc just to start learning about app development. And Windows 8 is not out yet so restricting dev to the 64bit version of that seems a bit silly.

k00ksta says:

Yes if your running a pentium 4 or pentium D then yes .. you should be upgrading .. any Intel Core 2 Duo and higher can handle a x64 bit OS.

jhoff80 says:

Except you need a Core-i5 or higher for Second Level Address Translation for the emulator if you want to TEST your app.

Nataku4ca says:

u do? mine is core2duo E8400, am i missing something? (honest question, not making sarcasm here)

jhoff80 says:

The Windows Phone 8 emulator utilizes Hyper-V.  That's a certain method of virtualization that requires certain hardware functionality.  Among what's necessary is a feature called Second Level Address Translation, which unfortunately a Core2Duo will not have.  For what it's worth, this is also why I'd say with 99% certainty that there will never be a 32-bit version of this SDK; Hyper-V only works on a 64-bit system.

Nataku4ca says:

hehe, oh well... my comp is 5~6 years old, i guess they are telling me to upgrade now :P
 
thanks for the info :)

mikroland says:

All you need is a CPU that supports "Hardware Assisted Virtualization" to run Hyper-V. And it depends on which model of core 2 duo you have, will depend if it supports this or not. See this link:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-xp-mode-virtualization-intel,7709.html
 
Also your MB has to support it as well.
 

jhoff80 says:

XP mode doesn't use Hyper-V, as far as I remember.  It used Virtual PC.  Also, I was simplifying a little bit.  Hyper-V works if you don't have SLAT on Windows Server 2008 as the host, but with Windows 8, when Microsoft brought Hyper-V to the OS, they added the hardware requirement of SLAT in the CPU.   Since the SDK is Windows 8 only, and since the SDK also explicitly mentions SLAT support to run the emulator, it's easier to just say that Hyper-V needs SLAT.  I doubt many people here will be using a Windows Server 2008 PC, and the SDK doesn't support that OS anyway.

mikroland says:

Not correct, I have server 2012 here on the same hardware as I had server 2008R2 running hyper-v. Server 2012 run's just fine, with hpyer-v enabled without SLAT. But yes I do have hardware assisted virtualization.
And since I get the feeling you don't beleive me look at this:
 
http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12679
 
BTW, I never said XP mode uses Hyper-v, cause it doesn't. It uses virtual PC.

ryangadz says:

All you need is a graphics card with directX 10 or higher to run the emulator. CPU really doesn't matter.

jhoff80 says:

Completely and totally wrong.

theefman says:

At this point I just want to start learning about developing for WP8 and Windows 8 so blowing away my current working install or buying a new PC is not an option. And yes, my current hardware is perfectly capable of running a 64bit OS but thats not really my point.

venetasoft says:

Just make a dual boot, w7and w8 ;)

Nataku4ca says:

it looks like u can install both 32bit and 64bit now, the only question remains is if u are required to have win8 (which would kind of suck for me too, since mine is the main HTPC so i don't get to play with it as other family members are using it to watch TV)

ChrisLynch says:

So, if you have plenty of disk space, why not use one of the following options:
 

  1. VMware Workstation or Player
  2. VirtualPC for Windows 7
  3. Boot to VHD

 
I use Boot to VHD for almost everything that I want to test on physical hardware.  It's so easy, and very efficient to use or even migrate to a new drive or system (just copy the VHD and done.)

jhoff80 says:

They recommend against 1 and 2 in the release notes because then you'd be running a VM on top of a VM when you're trying to use the WP8 emulator.

laserfloyd says:

Would Win8 RP work? And even then, the upgrade to 8 is a steal.

If this is true, this will be a problem. I'm fairly certain they will back-port it to windows 7. They basically have to if they want the independent developers to keep rolling out apps.

futurix says:

I highly doubt that - WP8 development is nearly identical to Windows 8 development, and they did not port that to Windows 7 as well.

Jorba says:

"Windows Phone Apollo Release Notes.htm"
Interessting...

aeronaught says:

Can someone give me the tl;dr version.

futurix says:

Stuff I found in the docs so far:
- native code / C++ support
- not identical to desktop WinRT, but very close
- NO HTML5 apps a la Windows 8
- speech commands
- Bluetooth and NFC APIs
- read-only SD card access
- app-to-app communication using URIs
- in-app purchases
- DirectX 11.1 but with lower level of tech compared to desktop and no Direct2D / DirectWrite / WIC (bummer!)
- VOIP
- easy scaling for multiple resolutions support and auto-scaling
- Wallet APIs
- IPv6
- Nokia Maps API
- faster lag-free Panoramas and Pivots
- right-to-left text support
- built-in emoticons support

Sounds good so far, I wonder how the emoticons are going to be...a la iPhone

futurix says:

It looks like the documentation is missing some vital parts - for example it still containts old Silverlight socket classes and not new WinRT ones, although in the list of compatibility it lists WinRT sockets as supported. I wonder if I should try to download full SDK instead of just the docs - 1.3 Gb at 90kb/s...

futurix says:

Also I can see expanded tiles support - including double-width tiles and tiles with slide-shows (similar to the tiles of Pictures hub).

ChrisK91 says:

Some nice developer changes are there. Too bad that I can't test them out on my Lumia 800. I wonder if they bring some new APIs with 7.8...

microhaxo#WP says:

Someone needs to get this thing running, i want screenshots of the emulator!!!

ChrisK91 says:

I'm downloading it right now. At 80kbps... Only 4 hours remaining. I hope that MS dosnt take the files offline in the next hours.

diplomat696 says:

hopefully finished by the time of wp8's consumer release with that download :)

Racxie says:

If this is the full SDK then I wonder if it has the device emulator? If so then someone could give us an early preview of the OS ;)

incendy says:

Very curious to see how the scaling handles graphics. Camera api's sound awesome, can't wait to play.

Saljen says:

"Windows Phone Apollo Release Notes.htm"
Uuuh... you can't just post that and NOT tell us everything that Apollo has to offer! IT'S NOT FAIR TO MY SANITY!!!

k00ksta says:

the leak is a preview version of the SDK, indicating that Microsoft may be planning to release this kit officially in the coming weeks so dont get to excited yet :)

jhoff80 says:

I don't know, I think the release notes includes some important stuff... like Wifi connections won't work in the emulator, Visual Studio won't work if you have the Office 15 preview installed, etc.  To me that says it's probably another month or so before something is released to the general public.

alex6272 says:

You don't need to download a 3rd party app first. I just clicked on the file name and it allowed me to download it. I'm not sure I should though

wenogg says:

Where are the links to download the SDK?  I went to the WPXAP site but couldnt make heads or tails of it.  I think my reading skills are being washed out by my excitement to dig into this.

alex6272 says:

Yeah click the first link on WPXAP and it takes you to some download page. Click the file shown and it should download*.
*It seems to only work in IE

Jannik says:

I hope that you have downloaded the SDK and give us a download because I was downloading this but because of your article the server seems to have some problems and i have to start the download again -.- I think that in six hours there won't be any download anymore :@

dubbin_irie says:

So in the images I seen it speak of sd card access =) might we finally be able to expand the storage capabilities now?

jhoff80 says:

The SD card is read-only for applications though.  So you most likely won't be using it for much more than your music and videos.

dubbin_irie says:

That's ok with me as long as it's sdxc which it should be right?

jhoff80 says:

I think that'll depend on the specific hardware each manufacturer uses, but I see no reason why it wouldn't be.

So how long before we have a WP7.8 or 8 cab/rom leaked. That's what I want!

AaronP105 says:

Is the download still available? I keep getting an error when putting in the password.

Androyx96 says:

Have you got another download link (I think the wpexpress.zip file is enough to try the SDK)? Because JDownloader is stuck on downloading @6.0 KB/s!!! I can't do it!! (Or can someone re-upload it somewhere? Thanks)
 
FOUND! Here is the alternative link:

http://www.mediafire.com/?854fvacn5z66f
And here are the Documentation Files:
http://www.uloz.to/xHDpAgv/wp8-sdk-docs-7z