Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Windows 8 Developer Event, Club Nokia Los Angeles, April 23 2012



    Windows reimagined.

    Learn everything you need to start building Metro-style apps for Windows today at our free, full-day Windows Developer Event.

    We'll show you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.

    Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have—from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

    Seating is limited and registration is not guaranteed. Secure your spot today!




    Notes - This free event is brought to you by Microsoft. However, you are responsible for booking and funding your own travel and accommodations. Please note that there is limited space available for this event, so be sure to register early.

    Los Angeles, CA
    Date April 23, 2012
    Time 9:00AM – 5:00PM

    Club Nokia
    800 West Olympic Blvd


  • Architecture + Strategy

    Reimagining App Development: Introducing Windows 8 | 4.4.12 | Microsoft Silicon Valley



    We are inviting the Silicon Valley startup community to a full-day, knockout, deep dive event taking place on our Silicon Valley Campus. Developers and designers alike will take the stage to show you how to take advantage of this new platform opportunity. Several startups will demo their brand new apps and talk about their early experiences developing for Windows 8, while the Microsoft team will provide attendees the opportunity to play with the platform and the tools needed to get started. Sessions will cover designing for the new Metro UI, building for the platform, and monetizing your apps.





    12:00 PM


    1:00 PM

    Welcome & Kick-Off

    Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development

    1:15 PM

    Windows 8 Introduction, Keynote, Demo, & Metro UI App Design

    2:15 PM

    Break | Windows 8 Hack Stations

    2:30 PM

    Windows 8 Showcase Panel

    3:15 PM

    Windows 8 Marketplace Opportunity

    Robert Youngjohns, President, Microsoft North America

    4:00 PM

    Break | Windows 8 Hack Stations

    4:15 PM

    Build & Reimagine your App on Windows 8

    5:00 PM

    VC & Entrepreneur Panel

    5:45 PM

    Closing Remarks & Next Steps

    6:00 PM

    Reception & Windows 8 Hack Stations


    April 4, 2012

    Registration: 12:00 PM

    Event: 1:00 PM-7:00 PM

    Microsoft Silicon Valley

    1065 La Avenida, Bldg 1

    Mountain View, CA 94043   



    Register today!

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Microsoft DevCamps for Phone, Cloud and Web



    Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned. Check out the four different DevCamps currently being offered and register today!

    Join us to learn about the exciting new Windows Azure developer platform! Windows Azure will open up a host of new application and multi-screen development opportunities, and this briefing will give you a jumpstart in understanding how to take advantage of them.

    HTML5 Web Camp
    As developers, you keep hearing a lot about HTML5, but many don't know what it actually means or is truly capable of. If you want to learn about it, your choices are limited. The HTML5 Web Camp is an opportunity to connect with designers and developers and show you what's possible, and how you can start using it today. Space is limited.

    Take your apps to the next level at the Windows Phone Dev Camp. We'll be covering how to bring the cloud to your app by consuming external APIs, add UX polish with Expression Blend, reach new markets through globalization and localization, and keep your app running at peak performance through advanced debugging and testing. In the afternoon, we'll break into labs to reinforce what we covered, and offer a chance to present your application for a chance to win in our application competition.

    If you're a student, interested in attending DevCamp (Phone Camp, particularly), we'd love to have you join us for a night of preparation and pizza! We want to be sure you have all the tools you need to be successful with the professional developer community.


    March 30, 2012 | Los Angeles | University of Southern California



    HTML5 Web


    Student Prep Night (March 29)

    April 20, 2012 | Irvine | UC Irvine Extension



    HTML5 Web


    Student Prep Night (April 19)

    April 27, 2012 | Redmond | Microsoft Conference Center



    HTML5 Web



    May 18, 2012 | Denver | University of Colorado at Denver



    HTML5 Web


    Student Prep Night (May 17)

    May 25, 2012 | Phoenix | Desert Willow Conference Center



    HTML5 Web




  • Architecture + Strategy

    NuCon 2012: Technology Leadership Conference


    Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PT)

    Hyatt Regency Irvine
    1700 Jamboree Boulevard
    Irvine, CA 92614

    NuCon 2012 is designed to give business leaders valuable insight into current technology trends. The one-day conference offers a variety of business and technical presentations led by noted experts on relevant topics that will help you build an IT strategy for the future of your company. You'll have the opportunity to mingle with peers and experts, demo the latest technology, play Xbox Kinect games, and even win some cool prizes.

    NuCon 2012 offers 12 unique sessions delivered by noted experts and geared toward Technical and Business Decision Makers, Developers, IT Professionals and Business Strategy Planners. The sessions are conveniently organized in three general categories to make it easy for members of your organization to select the topics most relevant to their role. A General Admission ticket allows attendees to customize the conference to fit their specific interests.


  • Architecture + Strategy

    Windows Phone 7 at Hacker Dojo Quadrathlon


        Windows Phone

    30 to Launch: A Windows Phone App and Your Moment in the Spotlight!

    From Nov 14-Dec 14 2011, we are throwing down a challenge and an opportunity to HackerDojo members. Join us over these 4 weeks to build a Windows Phone app! Your app might get an opportunity for a moment in the spotlight! Plus, you could win a Windows Phone- yours to keep after you submit your app to the Windows Phone Marketplace!

    November 14, 7pm–9:30pm

    Session 1: Windows Phone 7.5: Overview for Developers. Building Applications with Visual Studio® and Silverlight®
    : Matt Harrington, Kevin Ashley
    Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 1

    To get started, do the following pre-requisites:
    a) Complete the Windows Phone Training & Set up your machines
    b) Download Windows Phone Tools SDK
    c) Register at Windows Phone Marketplace*
    On site, we will have sessions (and pizza!), and support:
    Loaner Windows Phones are available on site at the Hardware Lab for you to play with.
    We’ll also give the first 50 participants who are onsite and register on the Marketplace a token for the $99 fee *

    November 22, 7pm–9:30pm

    Session 2: Windows Phone Live Tiles and Push Notifications. Building Applications in the Cloud with Windows Azure™
    Speaker: Kevin Ashley
    Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 2

    We will make available Windows Phones loaners for specific “augmented reality” projects.

    November 29, 7pm-9:30pm

    Session 3: Monetizing a Windows Phone 7.5 Application. Fun and Games Development
    Speaker: Kenny Spade
    Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 3

    Labs: Keep Working on App Development. In-lab session this week. We will make available Windows Phones loaners onsite.

    December 6, 7pm-9:30pm

    Go Live! Publish App to Windows Phone Marketplace! We will have a session during the week to help!
    Kevin Ashley

    Event info: 30 to Launch - Windows Phone - Coding Camp - Week 4

    We will be cheering you on!

    • Up to 50 participants with apps in development **will get a Windows Phone device**! Plus we will give you a Marketplace token if you didn’t apply for it in Week 1 – subject to remaining supplies*).
    • Showcase Opportunity! Subject to meeting the 30 to Launch showcase app criteria, your app becomes eligible for a Showcase! Details and Terms and Conditions coming soon!

    Picture of Local Scout

    Lastly, some details:
    * $99 registration fee applies. We will provide up to a maximum of 50 tokens good for a free registration to the Windows Phone marketplace, to the first 50 onsite that register on the marketplace. Windows Phone Marketplace terms and conditions apply to your use of the Marketplace.
    **Not available to Government or Public Sector Employees. Microsoft employees are also not eligible for this offer. Limited to one phone device per person. Participants remain responsible for acquiring a calling plan and for all related charges and taxes in connection with the Windows Phone.
    ***We will be giving away one Windows Phone Device each to a maximum of 50 winners based on a random drawing on the last session on Dec 6, 2011. Detailed terms and conditions are listed here

    Campaign Participation Eligibility:
    - Participants must be US residents 18+ or older - Microsoft employees are not eligible for the marketplace rebate or device
    - Not available for Government or Public Sector Employees

    What's new in Windows Phone 7.5

    Improved Live Tiles
    . The Live Tiles on Start dish up more (and quicker) updates on your apps, and they're also a whole lot of fun—the Pictures Tile animates with a slideshow of your favorite snapshots and Group Tiles flash your friends' latest updates.
    Live Tiles on the Start screen

    Threads. Start with a text, and finish in Facebook or Messenger chat (or vice versa). The whole conversation stays in one thread, and all it takes to switch back and forth is a tap. See how

    Messaging thread

    App Connect. Get the app you need—sometimes before you even know you need it. Search the web, and alongside the usual results you'll see apps you can use—like a movie app when you're looking up showtimes. You'll also see photo apps in the Pictures Hub and music apps in Music + Videos.

    Visual voicemail
    . See your voicemails in a list, then listen to them on your phone.

    And many, many, many more… find out here.
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