Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

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    Facebook & Windows 8 Hackathon November 30


    Following the announcement of Windows Store App Labs, we’re excited to announce a joint Hackathon with Facebook that will take place on November 30th at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. Developers, designers and entrepreneurs are all invited. Join members of the Facebook and Windows engineering teams to learn what it takes to build great Windows 8 apps that integrate with Facebook. Engineers from both companies will be on hand to support you as you explore what's possible using the Windows 8 SDK and Facebook API’s.

    Building in HTML5 and Javascript? C, C++ or C#? Come learn how to build fast, native Windows 8 apps. We'll have experts on hand, sample apps and ideas to get you started, and tech sessions on Friday evening to bring you up to speed on everything you need to know. There will be prizes for some of the best apps.

    App builders can find more information, agenda and registration details on the event page.

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    Join us in the biggest launch event in Microsoft history




    The biggest wave of innovation in Microsoft history is creating unprecedented business opportunities for developers. Join me for a free launch event, and you’ll see how the latest developer tools and platforms can help you gain recognition and make money with your apps.

    • Be one of the first to see Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and the new Microsoft Office at work.
    • Participate in hands-on demos, and learn how to design compelling apps for Windows 8 and the new Office.
    • Get tips and tricks from your peers, and connect with Microsoft evangelists for insights and guidance.

    Starting with the first set of events in Hollywood, CA and Waltham, MA on Tuesday 10/30; many more will be held across the U.S. for the follow months. Visit the NEW ERA OF WORK website for more details and specific dates and venue locations, and of course, to register.

    I hope you will be able to join us.

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    Windows 8 App Development Event Series in Santa Monica Starting 7/24


    Come join us at Coloft Santa Monica (920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401), as we provide in-depth looks at how to design and build apps for Windows 8, from scratch to finish, on Tuesday evenings over the course of four weeks starting 7/24.

    Week 1 (7/24 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Business opportunity for Windows 8
    • Designing apps with Metro principles and the Windows personality


    Week 2 (7/31 6:30-9:30pm):

    • How Metro style apps drive end user impact
    • Building Metro style apps with HTML and JavaScript
    • Creating Windows 8 Metro style user interface (UI)


    Week 3 (8/7 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Bring your app to life with live tiles and push notifications
    • Integrating with key Windows 8 features


    Week 4 (8/14 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Applying the finishing touches
    • The business opportunity continued: Monetizing your app
    • The Windows Store

    Interested to attend? Follow this link to register -

    Oh and did we mention - a grand prize winner will be selected to receive a Samsung Series 7 Slate (approximate retail value $1,299)? Official rules at

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    30 days to Launch Windows 8 Apps @ RocketSpace SF


    Come join us at RocketSpace in San Francisco every Monday night throughout the month of June to build great Windows 8 apps. Throughout the course of this four-part series, guests will have a chance to learn from Microsoft experts about the world’s largest opportunity for app developers.

    We’ll also have great food and drink every Monday, and you’ll also have the opportunity to win great prizes! (See Official Rules here)

    Register now!


    181 Fremont Street

    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 6pm-9pm

    Series Schedule:

    June 4 - Week 1:
    · Business Opportunity for Windows 8
    · Designing Apps with Metro Principles and the Windows Personality

    June 11 - Week 2:
    · How Metro style apps drive end user impact
    · Building Metro style apps with HTML and JavaScript
    · Creating Windows 8 Metro Style User Interface (UI)

    June 18 - Week 3:

    · Bring Your App to Life with Live Tiles and Push Notifications
    · Integrating with key Windows 8 features

    June 25 - Week 4:
    · Applying the finishing touches
    · The Business Opportunity Continued: Monetizing your app
    · The Windows Store


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    Get Your App Early Access to Windows 8 Store


    As you likely know Windows 8 is coming in the near future. You can download, use it, and even develop apps for it today. At this point in time the Windows Store is not open for everyone to deploy, but we are looking for the first wave of great applications which highlight the power of Metro and Windows 8, especially those developers that want to get to market first and build the awareness and brand for their applications.

    In order to submit your application today you need a token which is something I can help you get.

    What do you need to do to get a token? Here are the key steps:

    1. Create a great Windows 8 Metro-style application or game and get it ready
    2. Let me know about it by contacting me via this blog
    3. I’ll help you register so you can get your application through our Application Accelerator Labs where the app will get reviewed to confirm it is done and conforms to the Metro guidelines and certification requirements.

    This is a great opportunity to not only be first to market with your app, but also to get feedback from a Microsoft Services Engineer to make your app great. If you are serious about creating an application this is a chance that you probably don’t want to pass up.

    In addition, our team is holding a series of events and office hours to help you – we want to make sure you have what you need to be successful. You can come learn more about how to build apps for Windows 8 or show up and build your app with one of our evangelists or others in your community available to help you if you need it. You can find more information about our events and availability at…



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