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by David Fields
Many apps today still use files directly. Files are the life-blood of some apps. This talk will use real code examples to walk you through the nuts and bolts of accessing and acting on files. Learn the common design patterns you need to access content locally, on the network, on the web and in other apps, perform various file operations, search through files and access properties using the rich Windows platform.
by Abhishek Ram
The Windows Driver Framework (WDF) helps developers build better drivers, more quickly and easily. This session will discuss how the WDF can improve driver reliability and will provide an overview on what’s new in the WDF in Windows 8 This session will also cover guidance for how to better realize power-savings and deploy drivers on multiple versions of Windows.
by Jay Pittman and Annie Chowdhry
Metro style apps are much better with ink! In Windows 8, you code your Metro style apps for touch, and get pen and mouse support for free. In addition, with the new Windows 8 API for ink, you can expand your app’s capability and support ink strokes with precise control over Pen width and color. Add ink notations to your app, build an electronic whiteboard for families, create an app for the next Picasso—all these are possible. Interacting with your computer is going to be easier than ever with ink-enabled Metro style apps in Windows 8!
by Reed Townsend
Dive into Windows Runtime and Win32 support for advanced touch and gesture input. Learn how to access rich touch input properties with PointerPoints, use flexible componentized gesture detection with GestureRecognizer, and work with touch and pointer device properties using PointerDevice. We’ll explore how apps can use Touch Targeting APIs to provide a better targeting experience and give an overview of touch APIs available to developers of desktop applications. Extend what you can do in HTML and XAML and take full advantage of the Windows Runtime touch and gesture platform.
by Jay Dave and Dave McPherson
This session demonstrates how the new claims based access control capabilities in Windows 8 significantly enhances the security audit and analysis capabilities for compliance and business forensic analysis. In this session, we will describe the new expression-based auditing policies that can be deployed centrally as well as locally, and will demo how monitoring products use these security events for compliance reporting and triggering alerts for suspected activity. In addition, we will describe the full set of auditing scenarios around claims-based access control to demonstrate end-to-end event-driven reporting capabilities for both compliance and day-to-day security management.
Xbox LIVE, Microsoft's premier entertainment service, is coming to Windows 8. Whether you are developing a game or another kind of entertainment app for Windows 8, Xbox LIVE can help your app stand out in the crowd and help engage and delight users. You will learn about how to implement our well-loved features like Achievements, Multiplayer, Avatars and Community and brand new ones like roaming storage and profiles.
by Anshul Rawat
Do you want to associate your apps with specific file types, protocols or devices? Do your apps need to be able to launch other file types or protocols? Come learn how you can integrate your apps with the new file association and AutoPlay experience. This talk will walk you through code examples for common scenarios and highlight the changes in Windows 8. By the end, you will have learned how your apps can take full advantage of the new model.
by Suhail Khalid and Alexander Corradini
People want apps that are social and connected - enabling them to upload pictures and share them with friends, download magazines, read news, or use the next big service on the Internet. Today’s popular services allow users to do these things over HTTP, but this can be tedious because of lengthy documentation, various authentication protocols and response formats. Come learn how Windows 8 makes it easy to provide a great social and connected experience by providing these HTTP services through a platform that is simple, rich, and enables multitasking - keeping your customers engaged in your apps.
by Nadim Abdo and Gaurav Daga
RemoteFX in Windows 8 has been tailored for the Metro style UI to provide users a touch-first, fast and fluid experience on their remote desktops and apps over both LAN and WAN conditions for VDI, Session, and physical hosts. This session covers these enhancements with a series of demos using the new Metro look Remote Desktop client app. Whether you are an enthusiast using remote desktop at home or for your development needs, or an enterprise user getting work done using your IT provisioned centralized desktop and app deployment, to learn what is new in remoting in Windows 8, this is the session for you!
by Priya Vaidyanathan
Will users of your Metro style app need to search through the app’s content? Come learn to leverage the Windows search contract to allow your app to search local files, an existing web service, or custom data. By the end, you will know how to make searching within your app reachable from anywhere in the OS, the right design and code patterns to use when implementing search from any language, and how to customize the experience and take advantage of built-in features.
by Jeffrey Chang and Dave Roth
Demand for wireless and network devices, including printers, connected TVs and keyboards are increasing steadily. Windows 8 makes it easy to connect devices to the PC by automatically detecting and installing network printers and TVs, enabling proximity-based device pairing and providing a new Metro style device discovery and pairing user experience. In this session, learn how device makers can participate in the new Windows 8 device pairing model to improve the experience and reduce the complexity for customers connecting devices to Windows.
by Chas Boyd
3D graphics enable you to create the most immersive and impressive games around. But developers often think that creating 3D graphics is hard. In Windows 8, creating 3D graphics is easier than you think! You can write a Metro style game that uses the Direct3D API for high-performance 3D experiences. Come to this talk to learn how to use the 3D rendering pipeline of Windows 8 in your games and apps.
by Unni Ravindranathan and Joanna Mason
A great Windows 8 app starts with a great user experience. Come to this session to see how Visual Studio 11 Express enables you to take full advantage of the rich platform features, efficient workflow and tools that maximize your productivity and creativity when designing Metro style apps using XAML.
by Mehmet Kucukgoz
Every minute, people around the world are taking pictures and recording personal video and audio. They are capturing family memories, personal victories, and all the moments in between. You’ll learn how to capture these to provide powerful user experiences in Windows 8.
by Rudolph Balaz
Microsoft has improved the Windows Certification Program for Windows 8, in order to drive high quality graphics experiences. This session will help you plan and develop graphics drivers that are certified for Windows. You will learn about new certification requirements, key testing scenarios and measuring graphics driver performance with the Windows Hardware Certification Kit.
by Steve Silverberg and Arvind Padole
Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 that enables enterprise administrators to create USB drives containing complete, managed Windows images that users can use to boot and run Windows on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable computer. Windows To Go makes it possible for employees to use a managed device whether they work from home, a client office or in a free seating environment. This session will discuss Windows To Go, its hardware requirements and building compatible and complementary software.
by Mitesh Desai and Yatharth Gupta
Wi-Fi Direct is a new peer-to-peer device connectivity technology that enables high-bandwidth sharing of media and content between devices without requiring a separate Wi-Fi access point. Windows 8 natively supports Wi-Fi Direct and has integrated the technology into the Windows 8 Play To and proximity sharing experiences. In this session, you will learn how to build great devices that take advantage of Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and the Windows 8 in-box device experiences.
by Matthias Wollnik
This session describes how data classification is used for information governance, security access and auditing using the new claims-based access control capabilities in Windows 8. In this session, we will explain how partners can provide automatic classification capabilities so that Windows applies appropriate security to the information. We will also explain how partners implementing data management capabilities such as encryption, archival, retention and disaster recovery can leverage classification in information governance offerings. Finally, we will show how line of business apps can tag data so that the appropriate information governance is applied to that data.
by Kip Olson
Draw users back into your app by taking full advantage of your tile in the Start screen. Learn how to make your app look great with tiles that come alive with content and notifications delivered through the Windows Push Notification Service. We also will teach you how to create content tiles that let users personalize their Start screen by creating deep links to specific places within your app.
by Megha Jain
Make it fast! Great performance is a huge motivator of satisfaction and user preference with apps. Direct 2D powers high-performance 2D graphics rendering in Windows 8. In this session, you will learn advanced techniques for optimizing your Direct2D code for maximum speed and efficiency in your apps.
by Dhiraj Gandhi, Noel Anderson and Samer Sawaya
The emergence of mobile broadband technology provides a new source of internet connectivity at home or on the go. To make it easy for customers to find, purchase and use mobile broadband, Windows 8 integrates it into the Windows Connection Manager and enables mobile network operators to create Metro style apps to manage services. This session will focus on how to customize the built-in experience for mobile broadband, as well as best practices for creating a Metro style app using the mobile broadband API’s in Windows.
by Frank Gorgenyi and Justin Hutchings
Windows 8 introduces Version 4 of the printer driver model which provides support across all device architectures, enables custom printer experiences that extend Metro style apps, and reduces the need for compiled 3rd party code. This session will focus on the v4 driver model architecture and developer tool support, as well as how to build customized driver user interfaces using current app frameworks.
by Mahender Hari and Andrew Ritz
Windows 8 allows you to build PCs that are always connected to the Internet and deliver great battery life. This session will cover new network power management innovations that help PCs meet this goal with the help of the right network hardware.
by Billie Sue Chafins and Steve Seixeiro
Now that you know how contracts work in Windows 8, come learn how to leverage the Windows Share contract in your Metro style app. You’ll discover how to help your customers easily share content from your app through other apps installed on their PC. You’ll be ready to leverage Windows Share to connect your customers to the people and apps they care about.
by Edwin Heredia
Windows 7 introduced Play To in order for customers to view media content on TVs or on compatible media receivers. Windows 8 extends Play To experiences to Metro style apps and HTML5 web pages.This session will cover the experience principles, app architectures and certification requirements necessary to build network media devices that work great with Play To apps.
by Jane Lawrence
Building USB 3.0 devices involves electrical circuit design, firmware development and driver development in order to enable custom features. In this session, we will walk through the hardware development lifecycle and provide Windows 8 specific guidelines for creating great USB 3.0 experiences.
by Nar Ganapathy and George Roussos
Windows 8 enables device makers to extend the built-in device experiences through differentiated Metro style device apps in several device categories. For the broad set of devices that do not fit those categories, whether using native Windows components or custom drivers, Windows also provides a mechanism for creating and delivering custom experiences. This session describes key concepts and recommendations on how to enable and build Metro style apps for such devices.
Building a great social gaming experience for your users can be a challenging task. Your game has to be well designed, have a great user interface and perform under the most demanding conditions. This session will show how Windows 8 empowers you to build great user experiences with languages and tools you already know, and how Windows Azure can enable new scenarios in your games. We will discuss proven and effective patterns such as message queuing and background processing that you can use to build high -performance services on Windows Azure. We will demonstrate various technologies such as Windows Azure CDN and Traffic Manager that will allow you to scale your game to millions of users around the world. You will leave this session with concrete examples and code that you can use to build a great social games on Windows 8.
by Sandy Spinrad, Fred Bhesania and Dino Natucci
Windows 8 introduces a new sensors and location platform that enables the creation of new apps and experiences. This chalk talk will cover sensor design, board placement layout, calibration and validation tools. We will also cover in-box sensors, location experiences and drivers. This talk will be interactive and questions from the audience are encouraged.
13th–16th September 2011