Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer is the Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist for Microsoft.
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Today, John Shewchuk and I delivered the concluding keynote at Build 2014 in San Francisco. Our keynote focused on hands-on demos that demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to helping developers achieve success in the mobile-first/cloud-first world of ubiquitous devices and ambient intelligence.
This year at BUILD, our goal has been to focus on simplifying a developer’s life. We've gone about this in three ways: by empowering developers to painlessly bring their existing investments and assets forward, by enabling the creation of cloud and mobile first app experiences, and by providing tools and technologies that help developers maximize their business opportunities across different platforms.
A core component of Microsoft’s commitment to web developers is our enablement of one seamless development approach for both the web and Windows and our facilitation of developer reuse of existing investments. As an example, the enhanced Web App Template (WAT) enables developers to turn their websites into first class HTML5 apps on Windows and Windows Phone, as well allowing these apps to pull through Windows features like access to device and sensors, charm integration, live tiles and offline protocols. Today we are making available offline functionality for Windows 8.1; the same functionality for Windows Phone will arrive in May.
John and I showcased a number of partner apps that demonstrate this commitment and the business opportunity of building on the Microsoft platform:
We are also excited to announce Star Walk, Rollerblade and Airport City, available in the Windows Phone store today.
In today’s market, it is possible for developers to become overnight successes with little upfront investment, but not without challenges. Competition is fierce and market fragmentation of the runtimes that matter make ROI a paramount concern to developers and development organizations of all sizes.
At Microsoft we’re committed to providing new opportunities for developers to maximize their business opportunities, across the broadest range of devices and services. Build provided no shortage of great examples of technology companies achieving new heights of success on the Microsoft platform. Our keynote and all of the Build keynotes are available for viewing on Channel 9.
Cheers,Guggs & Shew