Remember how Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ended? Spock saved the Enterprise but died from radiation exposure. Fortunately, Spock mind-melded with Bones before his famous “I am and always will be your friend”. That’s how Kirk restored Spock’s Genesis Planet copy in Star Trek 3 (man, I hope that wasn’t a spoiler for anyone).

Well, Microsoft has been mind-melding with developers since Windows 8’s 2011 unveiling. Why? Because it’s a big deal. Because the development model is different. Because the languages are different. Because design is different. Because device support is different. Because deployment is different. And, so much more.

Today, we have trained up our developer base and many traditionally non-Microsoft developers. They know those core concepts. Now, when Spock melded with Bones I thought to myself, “I would love to have that knowledge.” As an IT Pro, you might be thinking the same about Microsoft’s meld with developers. How are you going to get what developers already have?

Lucky for you, I am one of Microsoft’s Spock surrogates. Over the past year and a half, my colleagues and I have melded with thousands of developers. I have revealed the realities of Windows 8 and the strategies surrounding it. And, this article is a summary of the core ideas.

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