Windows 8 Workshop

A session at Industry Web Design & Development Conference

Tuesday 23rd April, 2013

9:00am to 5:00pm (GMT)

Tickets for this workshop are separate from a conference ticket, you can purchase a workshop ticket here.

If you’re a web developer, Windows 8 presents a new opportunity. You can use your HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills to create native applications for the latest version of the world’s biggest operating system.

This day long workshop run by Microsoft Evangelist Andrew Spooner will introduce you to the new Windows 8 operating system and the design and UX patterns that exist in Windows Store apps. The day is split into 2 parts. The morning will give you an overview of the Modern UI, explaining the new Windows experience and explaining the design principles that manifest themselves in this new style of application, brought to life using live examples. You will also get a brief introduction to the development environment so you can understand how to download and run sample applications. The afternoon will build upon the essential idea for an app and guide you through the process of turning it into a Windows Store application that will truly shine in the Windows Store.


This is a non-technical workshop aimed at visual designers and UX designers. Developers who are looking to build a better application experience will also learn a great deal from this workshop.


Bring paper and pencils for taking notes. Sketch pads will be supplied for the afternoon wire framing exercise and you will be given digital copies of the content at the end of the day. If you can bring a Windows 8 machine (either a PC or a Mac) you can drive yourself through some of the theory in the morning but that is not essential, Andrew will bring Windows 8 touch devices available to share round the room.


You will learn how to approach application design for Windows 8, what the unique experiences that a user of Windows 8 expects from an application and how you should approach some of the unique features of Windows 8 and bring them to life within your app. You will get an overview of the technical structure of a Windows Store HTML application and the tools that are used to create these applications.

If you work in a design or UX capacity or if you work on mobile or PC applications, this is the ideal opportunity to become familiar with Windows Store applications and prepare to port over your existing applications or start building applications for your clients.

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Time 9:00am5:00pm GMT

Date Tue 23rd April 2013

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