To get access to it, you'll have to join what Microsoft is calling the Surface QuickStart Program, which has the three aforementioned tiers; the lowest are called Microsoft Surface Community Members, a step above that are called the Surface Partners and the highest level are Strategic Partners. We've included a chart below detailing the benefits, thanks to Ars Technica. Please note the Partners level is the one in which the SDK is offered, and above; Community Members aren't allowed.
If your company is not already a Microsoft Partner, then you'll have to go through the following steps to become one:
- Ensure you have a Windows Live ID.
- Use said ID to sign in to the Partner Membership Center
- Answer a couple questions about yourself and your company, which won't take long.
- Accept the Microsoft Partner Program Agreement.
If you do get a chance to test this out, please fire back in the comments on how it goes.