Microsoft has taken the odd step of binding Windows Phone Developers to a confidentiality agreement for access to the Mango beta.
The software giant issued beta bits of Windows Phone Mango on Wednesday but eager developers will need to agree not to talk about Mango as part of the terms of installation. Microsoft provides a number of tick boxes prior to developers gaining access to the beta bits. One of the rules, mixed in-between a number of warnings to backup devices, states the following:
“8. Confidentiality: By participating in this program, the developer agrees to not publish any content, screenshots or comments in any media in advance of the official launch of Windows Phone ‘Mango’.
The remark is followed by what appears to be a standard confidentiality agreement warning “You agree to be responsible for the actions of your contractors and any breach of this Agreement by your contractors will be deemed a breach by you.” It’s not immediately clear why Microsoft has imposed such strict rules on Windows Phone Developers. The company previously made a number of handsets available to media organisations, including WinRumors, prior to the developer release. Media outlets were not subject to any ongoing NDA agreements. One theory amongst several Windows Phone Developers that WinRumors has spoken to, is that the company wants to limit any negative reactions from Windows Phone Developers.
WinRumors has reached out to Microsoft for comment but at the time of writing the company was unable to provide a statement.