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Hi everyone! Windows 8 is almost here and places are filling up fast for the Dev Camps! So that you can see what events are running where, here’s a list of camps for you to attend. There are limited numbers at each event so if you want free training, app support and to get ahead of the curve with Windows 8 then you should sign up now!
What to expect:
The Windows 8 Camps have been designed to show you how to build a Windows 8 app. You can tailor the day to make it as personally productive and rewarding as possible. You can work on your own projects with assistance from Windows 8 experts, network with others and also have the option of attending short tutorial sessions on Windows 8 related topics.
The Windows 8 Camps will cover an introductory overview session as well as a range of short tutorial sessions. Short tutorial sessions will include topics such as the basics of the OS and interaction with the OS, Metro style UX with examples in Store apps, The Store and the developer opportunity, the high level view of the platform - i.e. WinRT and the choice around implementation technology, and the tooling - the role of Visual Studio and Expression Blend. In addition, you will learn how you can publish your Windows 8 app into the Windows Store in advance of general release through the Windows 8 App Excellence Labs at this camp.
The Windows 8 Camp will kick off at 9am and officially finish at 6pm, or 9pm for the hardcore attendees
Before you arrive, please ensure you have downloaded:
1) Windows 8 Release Preview installed and running on your machine 2) Visual Studio 2012 Express RC installed
Lastly, please let us know as soon as you can if you cannot make the camp as there will be many developers who are keen to take your spot. Please let us know (via written email) at least 2 days in advance if you are unable to attend the camp or a £20 administration fee will be charged. Please respect the trainers and your fellow delegates by turning up if you have registered and committed.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Windows 8 Camp.
Click here to register for an event near you!
We will not be developing applications for Windows 8. It is a mistake to crash two very different operating systems together using a Large Hadron Collider and hope that some of the fallout sticks. Windows 7 is a brilliant open platform for desktop and laptop. Windows 8 is great for tablets. But, they are two very different things and not what business users want. If feels clunky to combine them at best, and you're confusing the hell out of end users.
Finally, "Windows 8 Style UI"? No, no no.
@Gareth If you have tried it and this is your opinion, then fair enough, but if this is just an opinion based upon screenshots I’d strongly encourage you to come to a Windows 8 developer camp and use a device and see the capabilities of the platform first hand.
Even if you don’t like what we have done personally, there is still a business opportunity to reach a new audience. You can take the skills you already have, apply them to this new discipline and unlock potential new customers and opportunities.
We run Windows 8 developer camps across the country, we list them all here: www.microsoft.com/.../appclinic.aspx
For those of us attending who have access to the final Windows 8/VS2012 should we be bringing those on the laptops, or the older RC versions?
Bring the latest version that you have with you. If you have access to the final version by all means bring that with you. :)