by Chad Siefert
Device developers spend considerable time and effort properly designing and developing drivers. Once built, they also need to make it easy for consumers, OEMs and enterprises to obtain and install the drivers. This session will discuss best practices for packaging and distributing drivers, and will focus on signing, handling device metadata, Windows Update policies, and the various distribution paths available to driver developers.
by Greg Burgess
Windows Azure is an ideal environment for deploying compute-intensive apps that take advantage of the scale-on-demand capability of the cloud. The HPC Pack for Windows Azure provides a job scheduler, management tools, and a set of runtimes for developing and deploying parallel and scale-out apps. This talk will present app examples and best practices for using the HPC Pack in Windows Azure to rapidly create scalable compute and data-intensive services. Programming models include parallel apps using MPI, scale-out apps using WCF and data intensive apps using HPC to LINQ.
by Chris Tavares
Compelling audio and video are no longer optional enhancements in games; they are a requirement! Windows provides a spectrum of technologies you can use to create exhilarating experiences for your players. This session will profile the audio and video technologies available in Windows for Metro style development and help you augment your entertainment app with electrifying sound effects, background music, and cut-scenes.
by Ellick Sung and Alain Michaud
Until now, low power wireless connectivity in PC’s has required using proprietary technologies that incur the cost and complexity of shipping an external dongle. Bluetooth LE enables these same low power scenarios using a standard Bluetooth radio and creates the opportunity to connect Windows with a wide range of new devices. In this session, you will learn more about this new technology and how device makers can use Bluetooth LE to integrate low power devices with Windows.
by Jamie Cool
This session is all about developer collaboration in Visual Studio 11 and Team Foundation Server 11. We’ll cover integrated code review, the new “My Work” experience for managing your active tasks, and once you’re “in the zone” we’ll help you stay focused on the task at hand, no matter how much you’re randomized. We’ll walk the full gamut of collaboration improvements, from the newly revamped Team Explorer, to the version control & build improvements. Want to work offline seamlessly? Wish merging happened less frequently & was simpler when it did? How about find work items faster? We’ll talk about all this and more.
by Erik Porter
If you are a mobile phone app builder, you know that users can choose from thousands of apps, and they expect apps to feel alive and connected even when they are closed. Adding push notifications and other services to your phone app is essential but can seem complicated and time consuming to build. It is not. Learn how easy it is to use the latest and greatest from ASP.NET to connect your native phone apps to the web using Windows Phone push notifications, ASP.NET membership, and custom services with just a few lines of code.
by Daniel Moth
Developers today inject parallelism into their compute-intensive apps in order to take advantage of multi-core CPU hardware. Beyond CPUs, however, compute accelerators such as general-purpose GPUs can provide orders of magnitude speed-ups for data parallel algorithms. How can you as a C++ developer fully utilize this heterogeneous hardware from your Visual Studio environment? How can you benefit from this tremendous performance boost in your Visual C++ solutions without sacrificing developer productivity? The answers will be presented in this session introducing C++ AMP.
by Tim Heuer
XAML is a great, familiar addition to the Windows 8 UI technology stack. This session will cover the top productivity tips and tricks across the runtime, performance, tools and debugging that developers should know when building Metro style apps using XAML.
How do I use XAML to build outstanding apps for Windows Phone, using Visual Studio and Expression Blend? In this session we'll walk you through the steps from start to finish.
by Krzysztof Cwalina
This chalk talk is intended for C# and VB developers who want to start creating Windows 8 Metro style apps. In this talk, we will introduce a new profile of the .NET Framework for use in building Windows 8 Metro style apps. We'll also describe and discuss the design, architecture, features and limitations of this new profile.
by Mehmet Kucukgoz
Windows 8 makes it easy to build an app that brings out the unique capabilities of your camera. In this session you will learn how to build a Metro style device app that is automatically installed with the camera. This session will also cover how developers can use Windows APIs to bring branded video and photo capabilities to their own Metro style apps.
by Marc Pottier
Windows 8 introduces a new print experience for apps that implement the new print contract. This experience can be extended to your printer with a Metro style app that is automatically installed with the device. In this session, you will learn how to develop an app that can access printer status, customize the print experience with differentiated device capabilities and report printer status through notifications.
by Ravi Rao
WebSockets is an emerging standard that enables secure, real-time, bidirectional communication across the Web. Microsoft and other industry leaders at the W3C and the IETF are jointly developing this standard. Microsoft is offering a comprehensive WebSockets solution, with support in IE10, Windows 8 Apps, IIS, ASP.NET, and WCF. Come learn how Metro style apps using HTML5 can make dramatic improvements in user experience and performance by taking advantage of this exciting technology.
by Adam Lenart, Chris Matichuk and Cameron Brodeur
Installing device drivers may be one the first experiences users have with your apps, and you want to leave a great impression. Windows 8 contains a number of features that make installing device drivers easier and faster than ever. This session focuses on best practices for authoring INF files that take advantage of Windows 8 performance improvements, assuring successful deployments, achieving device interoperability with Metro style apps, and eliminating co-installers from installation paths. Experts also will be on-hand to answer your device driver packaging questions.
Windows offers a wide variety of input mechanisms for players to control your Metro style game, from touch, to gamepads, to classics like the keyboard and mouse, or even device sensors such as an accelerometer. At first glance, it may seem challenging to handle it all, but the input and sensor APIs in Windows are easy to learn and quick to master. Learn in this session how to develop entertainment apps that are easy to control on any hardware form factor.
by Kenny Oladosu and Johnny Bregar
We live in a connected world. Whether it's a spouse away on a business trip, a daughter away at college, or our parents in New York, we love to stay connected with each other. With Windows 8, writing a real-time communication Metro style app is a snap! Learn how to leverage the new media capture APIs, take advantage of the new Bluetooth features and unleash cool media tricks that will add polish to your app and delight your customers.
Your app is in the cloud now, alleviating all of the problems traditional apps had such as performance issues, crashes and memory leaks, right? Join us as we dig deep into Windows Azure diagnostics with PowerShell and other techniques you can use from instrumentation to debugging to keep your app safe from problems that go bump in the night.
We have real world examples and war stories of optimizing ASP.NET apps. Whether new or existing, whether big or small, all Websites can run faster and perform better than they do today. Optimizing your Website does not have to be a three-month project. Come join us and in 60 minutes we will give you practical tips that you can apply to your sites today. But that’s not all - with ASP.NET 4.5, we made huge investments in performance and optimization. Come see the new showcasing of framework features around CSS & JS bundling and optimization, and hear about the great performance improvements in IIS8 which will help you build lightning fast Websites.
by Uday Shivaswamy
Do you have existing Windows apps? We'll show you the "compatible by design" principles and features of Windows 8 for future-ready desktop apps. Through this session, you will discover how to make your desktop apps work harmoniously alongside Metro style apps and how to position your app for the future by applying new Metro style design principles.
by Stephen Toub
The new async support in C# and Visual Basic dramatically simplifies the process of building scalable and responsive apps for the client and cloud. However, while the programming model provided by this async support enables development in a style very reminiscent of synchronous programming, the required mental model and run time costs involved are anything but. In this session, we’ll dive deep into how async works, examining key aspects of the design and implementation that result in overheads when compared to synchronous programming. With that knowledge, we’ll tour through best practices for using async to build high-performing, scalable and responsive apps and libraries.
by Peter Torr
Windows Phone ‘Mango’ brings developers the ability to deliver several different types of multitasking scenarios to the end user. In this code focused session, we’ll drill in depth on what these are and how to add multitasking to your existing Windows Phone app today.
by David Owens
The canvas paint sample is a Metro style app using HTML optimized for painting on a touch surface and taking advantage of local storage. Come and see the author of this app take you through it, explaining what he's learned, to help you get started building your own Metro style apps using HTML.
by Ron Jacobs
The apps of tomorrow require long running, asynchronous processes that can coordinate services, update data stores, and notify systems and people of outcomes. Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4) provides you with client and server side capabilities for building these apps. In this session we will cover the improvements in the next release of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4) including support for dynamic updates, C# expressions, event driven workflows with State Machine and more.
by David Aiken
Building global and highly-available services requires more than just building a stateless Web app. A myriad of factors need to be considered including architecting for high availability, data replication and traffic management. In this session, you will learn how Windows Azure assists in building and running global and highly-available services.
by Pracheeti Nagarkar and Mark Miller
The Common Language Runtime is the cutting-edge virtual machine at the heart of the .NET Framework. In this session, we'll dive deep under the covers of the CLR and discuss some of our key innovations for .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows 8. Topics will include updates in the code-generation and diagnostics space, improvements in our garbage collector for low latency server scenarios, and automatic NGen.
by Stan Pennington
Windows 8 exposes a broad range of audio and video functionality for Metro style apps, and extensibility in the media platform provides advanced apps the option to do more. Apps can use the power and efficiency of native code media extensions to deliver additional effects, arbitrary processing, media formats and media delivery support. Learn how to develop, deploy and leverage these plug-ins for advanced playback, capture, sharing and transcoding.
by Won Yoo
Developers are looking for inexpensive ways to host their Web apps. With modern advancements in servers with a large number of processors and high-performance network interfaces, how do you architect your hosting platform to be secure, reliable and scale? As a developer, how do you pick the best hosting platform for your app needs? The session focuses on how IIS is evolving as a hosting platform to take advantage of hardware advancements in the areas of multi-tenant security boundaries, sand-boxing resources and scalability. Learn the best practices to run Web apps and configure IIS to maximize modern server platform potential.
by Darren McKenzie
Windows contains a number of features that enable customers to send feedback to Microsoft about the apps and drivers they use. This session will provide information on how to use that feedback data to improve your software. Specific areas of focus will include how to obtain feedback data from Microsoft’s web portal, and via web services, in addition to how to automate consuming this information within your engineering systems.
by Raghu Gatta and Kamal Srinivasan
In this session we will discuss Metro style communication apps. Come see how your VoIP, instant messaging, or e-mail app can stay available and connected while it’s being managed by Windows. You will learn what your customers will experience when Windows manages these apps. We’ll deep dive into the APIs for writing Real Time Communication triggers including network, system, and time events. You will then be ready to build that awesome communication app that your customers can’t stop using.
13th–16th September 2011