Spring Forward with Windows 8 Developer Camps

Spring Forward with Windows 8 Developer Camps

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Windows8LogoOn February 29th, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the world for everyone to try! Windows 8 represents an entirely new way of computing.  It is a new platform full of new opportunities (more on that in a bit).

The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 8 is that it’s different.  VERY different.  It’s the most radical overhaul to the Windows user interface since Windows 95 introduced the Start menu and taskbar.  Much of this change is exciting.  It will make doing various tasks easier, especially if you’re using a touchscreen device. 

To learn how the navigate the new Windows 8 user experience, check out my colleague Dr. Z’s most excellent “How To” series for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that I referenced last week.

Windows8StartScreen

Get Started Developing Windows 8 Apps

Now, back to that bit about it being a “platform of new opportunities”…    if you’re a developer, it’s time to get in on the fun.  The time to build apps for Windows 8 is NOW!

At the //build Windows conference in September 2011, the new developer story was revealed.  All the existing developer stuff works as you expect, but if you want to build apps that target the new Metro interface and the Windows Store, there’s an exciting new framework to learn: WinRT.  You can bring your existing coding skills with you whether you’re a C#/XAML person or a HTML5/JavaScript person.  It’s all the same framework under the covers.

My teammate, David Isbitski, has a great post showing you how to get started developing apps for Windows 8 on your own:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out! Ready to Write An App?

For something as big and exciting as Windows 8, you’ll probably want to get a good introduction in-person.  For that, I’m excited to announce a new series of Windows Developer Camps!  These are free, full-day, developer-focused events featuring a combination of sessions and hands-on labs.  There will be 10 of these coming to the US East Coast later this month and throughout April & May 2012.

Event Description

Windows 8 changes everything.

Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a reimagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in Store with industry-leading business terms — Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity, ever.

Join us for this free, full-day event designed to share all the knowledge you need to start building Metro-style applications for Windows 8 – today.  We’ll begin by showing you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your existing investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.

Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have – from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

We’ll cap the day off with an open, hands-on lab session. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your dream application underway, or finish that app you’ve already started – with Windows 8 experts available to guide you through every step. Bring your laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app.

Get started now!

Event Schedule

Join us in one of these cities:

Windows Developer Camps

Date City More
March 27, 2012 Reston, VA Details & Registration
March 29, 2012 Chevy Chase, MD Details & Registration
April 11, 2012 Orlando, FL Details & Registration
April 17, 2012 Tampa, FL Details & Registration
April 19, 2012 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Details & Registration
May 1, 2012 Charlotte, NC Details & Registration
May 22, 2012 Waltham, MA Details & Registration
May 23, 2012 Atlanta, GA Details & Registration
May 23, 2012 Farmington, CT Details & Registration
May 24, 2012 Malvern, PA Details & Registration

Register today and start thinking about the possibilities and what you’ll create!

[Update: 3-26-2012] Just announced:  New York City Windows 8 Developer Event on April 19, 2012

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