On Tuesday, Microsoft announced via a blog post that developers for Windows 8.1 won’t be receiving any early peeks at the software.
With the announcement, Microsoft will not be releasing any Windows 8.1 RTM bits to them for developing processes. By not giving them the early access, they are withholding the information and software needed to get apps reading for the upcoming years ahead.
Developers Generally Get Early Access
Traditionally, developers usually get early access to Windows with these updates, but not for now. These developers via the MSDN and TechNet programs have always gotten first grabs at the technology bits, but won’t be handing the SDK to anyone before the date. The secrecy behind the holding back of the release is angering those who write for Windows and its hardware.
No Secrecy But Updating Code
According to Microsoft, they are stating that there is no secrecy behind holding back the SDK to developers, but they are constantly making updates, up until the October 18th date. Developers have had their opportunity to test apps against the preview release of the software, but won’t have the final versions available until after October 18th. Those developers can then upload their apps to the Windows Store at that date.
Visual Studio 2013 Can Be Used By Developers Now
Microsoft is telling developers that they can use Visual Studio 2013 to build apps for Windows 8.1, and that the final versions will be hopefully supported by Windows 8.1. There is some general confusion by developers and Microsoft on the exact tools they can use to build programs for consumers, and that is not good for developers.
This latest news by Microsoft is not good for developers and for those who want new programs for Windows 8.1. Developers won’t be able to build and optimize their apps for the release date, and consumers may suffer once they update their operating system in late October. This might change by Microsoft, as they have flip flopped of numerous issues lately, but hopefully developers might end up on the bad list after this move by Microsoft.