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    Windows App Day – slides and video from the event


    A small month ago on November 23rd we welcomed over 200 attendees to our first Windows App Day in Antwerp, focusing on developer and User Experience/web content for building apps. What types of apps you ask? A lot of it was centered around Windows 8 Store apps but also Windows Azure and mobile services as well as Windows Phone 8 Platform.

    We kicked off by an opening session with Luc Van de Velde, director of our Developer Platform team; followed by the presentation of several cases. I would like to thank our partners for being on stage with us:

    1. Alain from Nascom with the Bumba Windows 8 app. App was built in HTML5 using CreateJS, you can read about the migration from iOS game experience here.
    2. Persgroep with the apps for De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws and others;
    3. Brecht Kets from Howest University on the student games created using MonoGame
    4. Johan Peeters on his experiences with Windows Phone development and the Belgian Apps app. Note: Johan is currently working on the “Belgian Apps” for Windows 8 too. If you are interested in beta testing contact him through Twitter.
    5. Twipe Mobile on their digital newspaper platform partly based on Windows Azure, and presenting the case for the Windows 8 app for “De Standaard’.

    A big thanks to my colleagues too for joining me on delivering a team keynote. We all had lots of fun presenting it.

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    The content, videos and speakers

    Looking at the session evaluations and by talking to many of the attendees, we know folks especially appreciated some of the less typical sessions, that is: the UX guidance for Windows Store apps. For example, Bart Claeys’ session on migrating an iOS app to Windows Store was hugely popular.

    The good news: you’ll find the sessions slides below, and available at the MSDN Belux SlideShare.


    Even more: most video recordings of the sessions are now also online on Channel9. Do note that some of the coding sessions’ recording quality is not what we would consider optimal. We still chose to publish them as it might be interesting for folks that want to review something they missed in a session.


    Session slides


    UX/Web track

    Developer track


    Build your apps and win a tablet.
    At the same event we also launched a new contest in which you could win a device for the development of some cool apps. Check out the details here:

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    Microsoft TechDays 2013 Belgium: first sessions & speakers announced


    TechDays 2013  TechDays 2013

    Every year, TechDays Belgium is THE go-to event for Belgian developers and IT-Professionals, and we are happy to announce the first set of confirmed speakers and sessions. The agenda is forming and you can have a first glimpse as of today.
    In 2013, the event takes place on 5, 6 and 7 March. On the first day we are organizing two pre-conferences to dive into Modern application lifecycle management with Visual Studio 2012; and a track on the development of SharePoint 2013 apps.

    Join top international and local speakers who can't wait to share their excitement with you about Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, HTML5 ... and much more!

    We're very happy to announce the following top speakers for developer sessions:

    Bart De Smet
    Bart De Smet

    Clemens Vasters
    Clemens Vasters

    Jeff Prosise
    Jeff Prosise

    Other confirmed speakers for developer sessions: Brian Keller, Andrew Peters, Brad Sullivan, Dan Holme, Jim Wang, Kevin DeRudder, Lieven Iliano, Maarten Balliauw, Pieter Gheysens and Yves Goeleven. 

    The preliminary agenda is available online.


    TechDays 2013 is a 3 day event, taking place at Kinepolis Antwerp. On the first day (March 5) we'll be hosting a pre-conference with 4 different tracks (2 for developers and 2 for IT professionals). The main conference will be on March 6 and 7.

    Don’t miss the opportunity to join thousands of technology professionals to network with peers and experts, while diving deep into Microsoft technologies at one of biggest IT events in Belgium & Luxembourg. Register now to get a 15% discount on your ticket (valid until January 1, 2013).

    Early Bird

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