A reminder - there’s going to be a lot of interest in new applications to run in the Windows 8 Metro interface. If you’ve installed and started playing with Windows 8, like me, you probably really, really want to start running more Metro apps.

Developing Windows 8 AppsNick Hodge, our resident Windows 8 evangelist (and self-described ‘Professional Geek’) is organising a series of Windows 8 Developer Camps in Australia, and giving over his weekends for the next few months to make them a success. And he’s travelling the country (no really, he’s going to Darwin, Hobart and Adelaide, on top of the usual suspects).

The events are all free – run by developers for developers – and the promise is that you’ll learn the skills for developing Metro style apps, and put the skills into practice on the day. Nick will be lining up the coffee, food and wireless, so all you need to bring is your laptop, with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed. And of course, free doesn’t extend to your bus/train ticket to the training.

You have to register to get a place – and I’d recommend doing that soon, as I reckon places will be snapped up by developers pretty quickly (because this is open to anybody in Australia, not just partners). I reckon I might sign up for a place too, so that I can migrate my Windows Phone app to Windows 8).

Although the workshop isn’t specifically about developing Windows 8 applications for education, every single thing that you learn about will be relevant to developing applications for education.

The first one, in Melbourne, has been and gone, so you need to get your skates on if you want to attend any of the others:

When and where we’re running the Windows 8 Developer Camps

Where

When

How

Sydney

Saturday, 14 April

Register

Brisbane

Saturday, 28 April

Register

Hobart

Saturday, 12 May

Register

Canberra

Saturday, 19 May

Register

Darwin

Saturday, 26 May

Register

Adelaide

Saturday, 2 June

Register

Perth

Saturday, 16 June

Register

Why you should be developing Windows 8 applications for education

If you’ve read this far, you might be wondering why you, or your colleagues, might want to spend a day learning about developing Windows 8 applications for education. Here’s my list of 3 key reasons:

  • The earlier you have an application in the Windows 8 marketplace, the more exposure you are going to get. Today the marketplace has a limited number of applications, so new ones are getting a high profile.
  • Our Education account teams are currently installing Windows 8 onto their laptops and starting to demonstrate it to their customers. If you create an education specific app, I reckon you’re going to get them demonstrating your software to a lot of our early adopter customers in the next few months.
  • You’re demonstrating your innovation, to innovative customers (the people installing Windows 8 right now are the leading edge innovators)

Learn MoreEven if you can't get to the workshops, do you know about the MSDN Windows 8 Metro App Development Centre?