Since I recently got a Windows Phone 8 device, I figured I'd see what developing for it was like. Turns out, I can't even really try it out. My CPU is too old to support SLAT, which means the emulator doesn't work, and it looks like deployment to my actual phone is only possible if I cough up the $99 for a developer license, which I have no intention of doing since I don't really have any plans to sell anything in the store so there'd be no way to recoup that cost.
Too bad, it would've been nice to tinker with. But if I can't side-load to my phone without paying, and I can't even debug at all (because the emulator doesn't work), there's no point to it. Unless I stick to WP7 apps, since that emulator does work. But that seems counterproductive at this point.