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Microsoft grants Windows Phone 8.1 SDK access to developers

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Microsoft began sending out invites to Windows Phone developers to access copies of its Windows Phone 8.1 software development kit (SDK). Details about the upcoming unannounced mobile software are expected to be revealed at the Microsoft Build 2014 developer conference in April.

According to The Verge Monday (Feb. 10), Microsoft is expanding the distribution of the Windows Phone 8.1 kit to developers. Software updates contain new features and revisions to the Application Programming Interface (API). Pre-launch availability lets Windows Phone developers begin to create apps that are compatible with the changes.

Around the time of the initial Windows Phone 8 launch, the company was blasted for being secretive about its development plans. Although the SDK was leaked on the web prior to its official debut, Microsoft was selective about the amount of developers it allowed to access the kit. This time, the software maker is being more generous with its Windows Phone 8.1 SDK privileges.

It comes as no surprise that a leak detailing some of the changes of Windows Phone 8.1 has already surfaced on Reddit. One significant part of the overhaul includes the merge of Windows Phone and Windows RT, which will allow apps to work across phones and tablets.

Despite that we now have a sneak peek, Microsoft intends to show off some of Windows Phone 8.1 ahead of the full reveal at Build 2014. At the end of February, the company is holding an exclusive briefing in London for its business partners.

Sources told The Verge Microsoft will be holding a press conference to talk about the potential growth of the Windows Phone market share. The discussion is expected to take place at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) on February 23 in Barcelona.

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