I'm a geekette who enjoys playing with new technology for software developers. I work as a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft. My current focus is on machine learning and big data on Azure.
First, one of the many things on my TODO list is to take a Windows Phone app that was written in Silverlight and convert it to a Windows 8 app in XAML, to see what some of the major differences and gotchas are. But looking at my calendar, I know that I won’t get to this until June at the earliest. If anyone is doing this right now, I’d be curious to hear what your experiences are.
However, many of those “gotchas” and major differences are already documented on MSDN! Check out these MSDN articles to help get you started with porting your Windows Phone app to Windows 8.
Secondly, please ping me if you live in the United States and you are porting high-quality Windows Phone apps to Windows 8. We are always looking for great apps for the Windows Store.
Finally, my teammate Jeff Brand is running two online events for Windows Phone developers on how to easily transition to Windows 8. Here is the information on the events; please join at the scheduled time using the links below.
Option One Date May 16th, 2012
Option Two Date May 18th, 2012
Capacity is limited, so arrive on time.
Events run from 8:30am to 12:30pm CST
Windows 8 with Metro-style applications offers one of the biggest opportunities for developers in a very long time. As a Windows Phone developer, you are uniquely positioned to be able to get in on the ground floor of this exciting new platform.
Microsoft has already provided some great resources that you may want to look to learn how you can move your Windows Phone applications to the Windows 8 platform:
Migrating WP7 to Window 8
Metro UX style, design and principles
Creating your first Metro app with C#/XAML
Samples and SDK
Because of your interest in Windows Phone 7 you are also asked to please join us for a special, invitation-only Windows 8 event created specifically for Windows Phone developers – Windows Phone to Windows 8 Workshop. Because of your interest in Windows Phone 7, and your past attendance at a Windows Phone Boot Camp, Microsoft would like to extend to you a unique opportunity to get ready for Windows 8.
These FREE half-day workshops will provide you an overview getting from Windows Phone to Windows 8. Leveraging your XAML and .NET skills, these workshops will introduce the fundamentals of developing Windows 8 Metro-style applications, tips for migrating your Windows Phone applications, and guidance on Metro UX. Technical experts will be on hand to address your questions, discuss your existing Windows Phone applications, and help get you started on developing your applications on Windows 8 and getting them into the Windows Store.
To participate in a workshop, all you need to do is pick one of the two dates and attend the online seminar. Each workshop is the same, so you only need to attend one workshop. Each meeting has limited online capacity, so join on time.