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 Windows Store development for Windows 8.
Today was the first day of the //build conference 2013. In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013.
Steve Ballmer kicked things off. He talked about the rapid release cycle of Windows; the Windows 8.1 preview is available today! The Windows 8.1 preview is available now at http://preview.windows.com.
Next, he demonstrated some beautiful new phones. Good news for Sprint users: two Windows Phones (HTC Windows Phone 8xt and Samsung ATIV S Neo) will be available on Sprint. There were many sexy devices demonstrated – and everyone at //build will get an Acer machine and a Surface Pro with Type cover!
It has been 7 months since we launched Windows 8. In that time, we’ve grown to ~100,000 apps in the Windows Store, to join with the millions of desktop apps that work on Windows today. There were some new apps announced too: Flipboard, Facebook, and NFL Fantasy Football are all building Windows 8 apps.
Most of the keynote focused on Windows 8.1. We incorporated a lot of customer feedback: bringing back the Start button to the desktop, you can boot to the desktop, more apps can run on the screen at once outside of the “snap” constraints, etc. There were over 800 updates and over 5000 new APIs in Windows 8.1.
Julie Larson-Green, Antoine Leblond, and Gurdeep Singh Pall then took the stage one by one and showed off some great demos:
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Day 2 keynote, which will focus on Windows Azure – cloud for business, rich Office 365 extensibility, enterprise grade SaaS integration, and tools.
This was a great overview session of some of the new features in Windows 8.1, and it points to other sessions for more depth in each area. John and Neena had a “lemonade stand” theme going, and built app functionality to support this business. Nine separate features were demoed. The demos were all in C#/XAML.
Here is a quick overview of the Windows 8.1 APIs:
The 9 features demoed were:
Here are some of the Windows Store enhancements: