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As your aware from the Building Windows 8 blog a key driver for Microsoft is that All editions of Windows 8 offer a no-compromise experience.
One of the key announcements by the Windows team is that, Windows 8 will be the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), we will have two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
NOTE: As with previous versions of Windows, we will also have an edition of Windows 8 specifically for those enterprise customers with Software Assurance agreements. Windows 8 Enterprise includes all the features of Windows 8 Pro plus features for IT organization that enable PC management and deployment, advanced security, virtualization, new mobility scenarios, and much more.
Windows RT will be the official product name for Windows on ARM or WOA. This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
The below chart breaks down key features by edition (this list should not be considered an exhaustive list of features):
Windows 8 Pro
Upgrades from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium
Upgrades from Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate
Start screen, Semantic Zoom, Live Tiles
Apps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Photos, SkyDrive, Reader, Music, Video)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote)
Internet Explorer 10
Installation of x86/64 and desktop software
Updated Windows Explorer
Enhanced Task Manager
Switch languages on the fly (Language Packs)
Better multiple monitor support
Windows Media Player
ISO / VHD mount
Mobile broadband features
Remote Desktop (client)
Reset and refresh your PC
Touch and Thumb keyboard
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go
Boot from VHD
Encrypting File System
Remote Desktop (host)
Over the coming months,the Windows Team will share more information about Windows 8, including details on pricing.
Check out the preview of Windows 8 for yourself.
If your interested in developing for Windows 8 check out the following example from my colleague Mike Taulty, from the UK MSDN team. Mike has produced a number of walkthroughs in screencast form these include a simple music 'app' in HTML and a app for searching flickR in both XAML and HTML.
Today we’re excited to announce that Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president, Windows Web Services will deliver a day two keynote at TechEd Europe 2012
Antoine joins a roster of other confirmed event keynoters including Satya Nadella, president, Server and Tools Business; Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Management & Security Division; and Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Visual Studio.
SCHEDULE BUILDER NOW AVAILABLE
Today we’ve also disclosed a number of new conference sessions. With more than 1,000 education opportunities and hands-on training across the full range of Microsoft products and solutions, there will be a lot to choose from. To help attendees create the agenda that’s right for them, we’ve launched a new schedule builder tool that makes it easy to create and manage a targeted and highly personalized calendar of events.
DELEGATE PARTY – Come join us at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday, 27 June for the televising of the European Football Finals, Goal Shoot, Food & Drinks and much more. Have fun with fellow delegates from all over the world and share your passion for football!
Keep up to date with the latest TechED Europe 2012 NEWS
The TEE12 Countdown Show
The Knowledge Chamber:
Interview Herb Sutter: C++: A Language for Modern Times
The UK Academic Team and Education Team have teamed up to run awareness on Microsoft DreamSpark .
We’re on a mission right now to let anyone and everyone know what DreamSpark is and how they can benefit from it. We’d love it if you could help us out with this too!
In a nutshell, Microsoft DreamSpark is here to make software development more motivating, relevant, and engaging for today’s students, educators and institutions. It allows students to access professional-level development, design, and gaming software at no cost! From the basics e.g. KODU, to full on App development with Visual Studio. If you have a students or even a child, friend, brother, sister, or neighbour who could benefit from DreamSpark then now’s the time to let them know.
Still not sure what it is? Check out our video of the basics from the perspective of students and faculty from the University of Chester.
The best way for your students to keep updated on how to make the most of DreamSpark is by ‘Liking’ our Microsoft UK Student page on Facebook, as we’ll be posting content all week.
Last week Microsoft Learning announced that it has reinvented its certification program to directly address technology’s evolution to the cloud.
With the rapid growth of jobs in the cloud computing industry, there are not enough qualified workers to fill positions due to lack of knowledge or skill in this specialized area.
Microsoft new cloud certifications will help bridge the IT skills gap for a number of students and partners as new jobs are created and will help build cloud-related skills validation, whether on premise or in the cloud. Under this new product strategy, certifications will align to key technology solutions designed to better support organizations in increasing adoption and deployment efficiencies, enabling individuals to design, optimize, and operate mission-critical IT technologies.
Microsoft learning are also making extensive changes to the MCSD developer certification to create an attractive way for HTML5 web developers to demonstrate their skills, whether they’re building for Windows 8, Windows Azure or Office 365.
Check out the Channel 9 video that covers all the new exams in more detail.
Here are some more detail about the changes
Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building cloud related skills validation into the industry’s most recognized and respected certification program in the world. Microsoft Certifications now validate a broader and deeper set of skills and experience across a technology solution platform.
The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship product for those who want to lead their company’s journey to the cloud. It is the destination for established IT Professionals and Developers who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.
The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification.
After people have achieved their Expert level certification, The Master level is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers.
Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a broader and deeper set of technology solutions skills validation, starting with cloud-enabled solution skills. As one of the most recognized and respected certification programs, Microsoft is charting the path for IT Professionals and Developers to keep their skills relevant as new technology solutions are released.
Microsoft has reinvented its certifications to validate the skill sets needed to develop, deploy, and maintain Microsoft technology solutions. These certifications recognize IT Pros and Developers who have skill sets that run both broad and deep. Certifications are available at three skill levels:
The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification. This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT.
The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that your skills are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.
After you have achieved your Expert level certification, Master is the next destination. This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.
“With the demand for cloud skills growing quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates.” Wanted Analytics, Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills Skyrocketing, March 2012
The need for cloud computing skills has been pushing the market for months. Solution providers are seeking cloud-ready employees to bring their businesses to the next level. The cloud computing market is evolving at such a pace that while the number of job postings is skyrocketing, the talent isn't there to fill the positions.
In the past 20 years, Microsoft Certifications have been THE tool to address the skills gap. To be relevant, certifications need to continue to be the tool needed and recognized in the market.
That’s why Microsoft has reinvented its certification program—to certify a deeper set of skills that are mapped to the Cloud and to real-world business contexts. Rather than testing only on a component of a technology, IT Professionals and Developers are now tested on more advanced skills and a deeper understanding of the technology.
New Certifications Are Available Now
Private Cloud and SQL lead the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) reinvention
We’ve posted a lot more information about the reinvented program and the first new certifications: Private Cloud MCSE, Database MCSE & Business Intelligence MCSE:
Microsoft Certification overview page: http://aka.ms/MSCerts
Microsoft Certification overview video: http://aka.ms/MSCertsVideo
MCSE information page: http://aka.ms/MCSE
MCSE video on YouTube: http://aka.ms/MCSEvideo
MCSE Private Cloud: http://aka.ms/MCSEpvcloud
MCSE Data Platform: http://aka.ms/MCSEDP
MCSE Business Intelligence: http://aka.ms/MCSEBI
So please encourage your students and staff to take advantage of a new 2-for-1 exam offer from Prometric http://aka.ms/Prometric241
Microsoft has created a new wholly owned subsidiary known as Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc to advance Microsoft’s investment in openness – including interoperability, open standards and open source.
The Interoperability Strategy team has worked closely with many business groups on numerous open source and standards efforts on behalf of Microsoft. It was recently involved in numerous standards initiatives, including HTML5, HTTP 2.0, cloud standards in DMTF and OASIS and in many open source environments such as Node.js, MongoDB and PhoneGap.
This new subsidiary is further demonstration of Microsoft’s long-term commitment to interoperability, greater openness, and to working with open source communities.
Microsoft and our business groups will continue to engage with the open source and standards communities in a variety of ways across the company, including working with many open source foundations such as Outercurve Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation and many standards organizations.
The subsidiary provides a new way of engaging in a more clearly defined manner. This new structure will help facilitate the interaction between Microsoft’s proprietary development processes and the company’s open innovation efforts and relationships with open source and standards communities.
This structure will make it easier and faster to iterate and release open source software, participate in existing open source efforts, and accept contributions from the community. Over time the community will see greater interaction with the open standards and open source world.
As a result of these efforts, customers will have even greater choice and opportunity to bridge Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies together in heterogeneous environments.
For more details see the following blogs
Channel 9 is home base online for technical know how, how to’s and tips and tricks.
Channel 9 is used by millions of Developers worldwide each month through videos, how to articles and events.
We are excited to announce that the team has just released a Channel 9 application in the Windows 8 App Store.
So Install the application today on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and easily browse the latest content on Channel 9, share content with your friends and view content on any of your Play To Enabled devices.
To find the app, Search the Windows 8 App store for Channel 9.
Over the past few days I have had a few questions re how does a University go about installing Enterprise apps onto Windows 8 machines without having to setup Microsoft LiveIDs on each of the machines,
As your all aware from the Consumer preview, applications are installed via the Microsoft Store, authentication to the store is based upon your Microsoft LiveID. As a consumer you simply click on the store icon and use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
However if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees/students or lab Windows 8 desktops then you will likely want to do it more directly.
Which is where “sideloading” fits in.
Microsoft Technet has detailed documentation on Windows 8 Sideloading to add and remove line-of-business (LOB) Metro style apps
At which point installing an app is as simple as
Additionally you can also remove apps via this process
More details on the Windows Store can be found here
And Building Windows 8 blog
As of this morning we have launched the follow on Windows 8 Camps for developers around London and Birmingham. The camps primarily targets those that have attended the Windows 8 for Application Developers events and wish to further explore and learn about Windows 8 development in an hands-on environment.
Again, our Windows 8 Champs will be delivering hands-on lab materials to get developers up to speed with app development.
Registration details for Manchester and Edinburgh will be made available later this month. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.
London, Wednesday 9th May 2012 – Register here
London, Thursday 10th May 2012 – Register here
London, Thursday 17th May 2012 – Register here
Birmingham, Monday 21st May 2012 – Register here
Manchester, Wednesday 23 May 2012 – Coming Soon
Edinburgh, Friday 25th May 2012 – Coming Soon
Don’t forget about Edinburgh!
If you wish to attend the Windows 8 for App Developers in Scotland, we still have spaces available. This 1 day event which are delivered by our Windows 8 Champs with the goal of providing accelerated learning to Windows 8 application development. You can see all of these events on the UK Tech.Days home page.
Edinburgh, Tuesday, 1st May 2012 – Register (Spaces still available)
For those who have been asked about running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the retail version of Nike-Tab (sold as the Series 7 Slate)… please note that has Samsung created a new webpage to assist users with the install + drivers which can be found here: http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/
I am pleased to inform you that the dates for the May edition of the FREE to attend Windows Phone Camp & Windows Azure Bootcamp delivered by UK Tech.Days are now available.
In addition to an event in London at LBi, the team are also visiting Liverpool for the first time.
This will be the last edition of the camps so if your interested and want to get some introductory hands on experience, this is the perfect opportunity to help you get started. Remember that spaces are very limited as we usually sell out a couple of weeks in advance. So, act now to avoid missing out.
Windows Phone Camp Registration & Information
Saturday, 12 May 2012, London
Saturday, 19 May 2012, Liverpool