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by Dennis Flanagan
Windows 8 introduces several new features that enable PC makers to build compelling systems that are fast, fun, secure, power efficient and connect to devices customers care about. This session will provide an overview of the Windows 8 touch, graphics, power, bus, sensor, networking and hardware-based security investments and provide pointers to sessions that go into depth on each area.
by Samuel Moreau
Windows 8 marks the next step in the evolution of the Metro design style. Through the bold use of color, typography and motion, Metro design style brings a fresh new approach to user experience. In this talk, Director of User Experience Design and Research, Sam Moreau will share the design principles behind Metro and provide insights for how to apply these principles in apps that you build.
by Ben Srour
As your customers move your app between the foreground and background, Windows manages your app’s usage of critical system resources. Come learn the fundamentals of Process Lifetime Management and how to structure your app to suspend and resume quickly, save app state properly, and behave consistently. We will also highlight ways to keep your app fresh using push notifications and tile interactivity. Understanding these critical concepts will help you deliver a continuous experience that customers expect.
by Kam VedBrat
Learn how you can harness the power of DirectX for your app! As the foundation for all graphics on Windows 8, DirectX enables you to create the most compelling apps for connecting to people, visualizing information, storytelling, entertainment and creativity. Attend this session for a comprehensive overview of the graphics platform DirectX provides for Windows 8 apps.
by Joe Stegman
If you are experienced with .NET or C++ and are already familiar with XAML, come learn everything you need to know to create a Metro style app for Windows 8. This session will cover updates to familiar features including basic controls, styling, and data-binding, and explore concepts that are new for Windows 8. Discover how you can build an amazing experience that is driven by touch, uses new Windows controls, and integrates well with Windows 8. This foundational session will show you how to turn your XAML skills into money making Metro style apps.
by Jason Zander
Microsoft Visual Studio 11 enable developers to take full advantage of the capability of Windows using the skills and technologies developers already know and love to deliver exceptional and compelling apps. Whether working individually or in a small, medium or large development team the Visual Studio 11 sets a new standard for development tools, helping teams deliver superior results for their customers that help set them apart from their competitors. In this session we’ll walk through the new features in the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview to give you an understanding of the breadth of tooling available in this release.
by Mike Neil, Bill Laing, Manlio Vecchiet, Max Herrmann and Jeff Woolsey
This session will introduce the next release of Windows Server, code-named Windows Server “8”. We will talk about the engineering investments we have done in this release along with their benefits. We will also point out opportunities for developers and hardware partners to expand on the new capabilities in the product. This session will include lots of demos illustrating how Windows Server 8 lets our customers and partners move beyond virtualization and embrace a truly cloud optimized OS.
by Joanna Mason and Vikas Bhatia
Windows 8 comes with a brand new Metro style app experience where native developers and designers can work in parallel. Ones in behavioral aspects and the others in UI. This talk offers an end-to-end view of the developer experience for this kind of app, from the solution creation to the marketplace publication.
by Steve Welch, Jerry Koh and Takahiro Shigemitsu
Windows 8 introduces a number of new touch experiences and capabilities. This session will provide an overview of how to build and test great touch systems running Windows 8. You will learn about the Windows 8 user experience and certification requirements, new tools for validating and measuring the touch user experience on different hardware platform, as well as considerations for overall system integration.
by Arie van der Hoeven
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode and Secure Boot are critically important to creating a more secure platform. This session will discuss the benefits of UEFI, including key features of Windows 8 that depend on UEFI, such as BitLocker and Seamless Boot. This session also will cover technical details of UEFI and updates to ACPI requirements.
by Sharif Farag and Jason Hendrickson
Windows 8 runs efficiently on a broader range of systems. This session will cover how to create high-performance and energy efficient experiences on the full spectrum of Windows 8 platforms. You will learn software design and development practices that maximize the performance of apps and power consumption as a whole. We will also discuss how the Windows team approaches development to scale across systems and how you can apply the same techniques to your software and drivers.
Get the knowledge and guidance needed to build an app for an intuitive, powerful touch experience. Understand how touch design principles are firmly grounded in customer needs of comfort and utility. Discover how your app can use Windows 8 touch language and patterns, capabilities like smart targeting and semantic zoom, and new interactions like “slide to select” and “hold to learn” to engage your customers.
by Ted Dworkin
If you’ve got an idea for the next breakthrough app, come to this session to learn how to take that next app and create a business that runs at the scale of Windows. Get a sneak peak at the submission process and learn how the Windows Store has been designed for easy discoverability of your app. See the many ways you can monetize your app across a global audience and learn how Windows Store analytics and feedback help you understand and adapt your app’s user experience.
Come join Mark Russinovich for an overview of Microsoft’s new cloud OS. Assuming no prior knowledge of Windows Azure, this session will start by explaining the Windows Azure Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) app philosophy and how it differs from that of traditional server apps. Then, demonstrating key concepts with a real Windows Azure service built and deployed to the cloud, we’ll describe the Windows Azure service model, including concepts like update and fault domains. The session will then conclude by discussing the different service update options and detail the recovery steps Windows Azure follows when it detects that a service or a hardware device has failed.
by Martyn Lovell
The Windows Runtime (WinRT) is a key piece of technology used by all Metro style apps in Windows. What actually is the Windows Runtime though? This session explores this key question by digging into the concepts of language projections, the WinRT type system and advanced API patterns included in the Windows Runtime. Learn how Windows uses interface patterns combined with language projection to present modern concepts in a natural and familiar way to each programming language.
by Scott Dickens and Harris Syed
by Marco Matos
You’ve built your first basic Metro style app in XAML and now you’re ready to dive into the specifics of deeply integrating it with Windows. Come discover how you can deliver a first-class experience using new Windows 8 concepts. You’ll learn about the new activation model, how to incorporate navigation and charms into your app, as well as supporting the new lifetime model for Windows Metro style apps. We’ll build a completely integrated app and teach you how to take your Metro style app to the next level!
by David Washington and Markus Mielke
by Robin Goldstein and Craig Zhou
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 Manav Mishra
Windows 8 is the PC-reimagined. Its rich, powerful file system is available to all Metro style apps. Come find out more about the file landscape! This talk will give you an overview of the various file mechanisms available in Windows 8, the details behind them, and their intended purpose. Learn how to integrate local and web data seamlessly into your apps using the Windows 8 platform. This talk will include specific examples and information to help you build great Metro style apps!
by Ameet Chitre and Roger Coote
In Windows 8, the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) has evolved through several innovations in the graphics sub-system that will enable you to deliver great Windows user and developer experiences. This session will cover how to design and build Windows 8 systems with WDDM capable hardware and drivers.
by Sandeep Singhal, Jeff Woolsey and Yigal Edery
Windows Server 8 is the first operating system to be optimized to support Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for building private and public clouds. With Windows Server 8, customers will be able to build scalable and flexible clouds, rapidly migrate their existing apps and services, and efficiently manage and monitor the cloud. With hundreds of new features in Hyper-V, encompassing networking, storage and more, Windows Server 8 creates several new opportunities for software, hardware and solution partners, as well as hosters, to extend and manage clouds. This session provides an overview of how Windows Server 8 enables IaaS and the rich, new development opportunities provided by the release.
by Brian Keller and Cameron Skinner
Microsoft’s application lifecycle management tooling is all about enabling teams to deliver great software. In this demo-packed session, you will learn how to more effectively plan and track work by using the new Web-based project management tools; how to bridge the divide between development and operations by utilizing IntelliTrace in your production environments; and how to help keep team members on-task and “in the zone” with the new “My Work” and code review features. In addition to making your team more productive, we will show you how you can boost your overall code quality with new features such as code clone and an overhauled unit testing story in Visual Studio 11.
by Andrew Mason
All server apps should be restructured to run on Windows Server systems without a GUI stack, or with all GUI components found on a Windows Client system; this is a Windows Server 8 best practice. This talk explains how to ensure your server apps will work in Windows Server 8 when the GUI shell is uninstalled, how to ensure your app is remotely manageable, and how this positions your app for no GUI stack. This talk will also cover how to use PowerShell to quickly and easily add and/or enhance your remote management capabilities.
by Sandy Arthur and Venkat Krishnamachari
This session will discuss the software and hardware certification of products designed for Windows Server 8. Come and learn the differences between client and server hardware certification requirements, tests and policies. The speakers will share the relevant details in these areas that are new, specific, optional (“If-Implemented”), or do not apply to devices and systems designed for Windows Server 8. Changes to the “Unclassified” hardware category for Windows Server 8 will also be highlighted. This session will conclude with a preview of technical requirements (draft) for Windows Server 8 software certification and the upcoming Beta of the self-test Server App Certification kit.
by Ahmed Talat
This session discusses the major performance improvements of Windows Server 8 and demonstrates how customers and partners can achieve their performance and scalability goals. We will describe some of the ways you can take advantage of the new capabilities to improve scalability, networking, throughput, and get a more powerful virtualization experience with Windows Server 8.
by Gabe Frost
This session provides an overview of the Windows multimedia platform for Metro style apps and a primer on APIs in the Windows.Media namespace to accomplish scenarios such as playback, capture, streaming and transcode.
by Pankaj Garg and See-Mong Tan
With Windows Server 8, Hyper-V networking is optimized for public and private clouds. New features in Windows Server 8 expand Hyper-V for performance, reliability, scale and security. In this session, server and solution developers will learn how to enhance their server and networking product offerings to take full advantage of these capabilities to provide performant and cost-effective customer solutions.
Whether you’re building a new Website using ASP.NET or maintaining an existing one, you’ll leave this talk ready use HTML5 & CSS3 on ASP.NET with Visual Studio. We’ll look at what HTML5 & CSS3 have to offer modern app developers and how you can use them with ASP.NET for rich Web apps both today and tomorrow.
13th–16th September 2011