Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Windows 8 @ Microsoft BUILD Conference

Home - BUILD | September 13 - 16, 2011 | Anaheim Convention Center

Finally, some info about re-engineered and re-designed Windows 8,
that is merging HTML5 Web & "Native", JavaScript, .NET and C++.

"Windows reimagined"
"Metro style apps"
"App store"

Windows Developer Preview downloads

How to Download and Install Windows 8 Into a Virtual Machine (Oracle VirualBox)
VirtualBox Download

Windows 8 Also Has Tools for Power Users

Window 8 - the developer's take

The key ideas are that now there is the desktop and there is Metro.
The desktop is where the old apps live and it is a single tile in Metro
XAML and HTML will provide the presentation layer for Metro with the managed languages using XAML and JavaScript using HTML. However the whole lot is built on top of the new WinRT API. Banished, it seems, is the Win32 API which will only be used within the Desktop application world.
Arm version of Windows will not support desktop applications. So if you want to write an app and you want it to work on any version of Windows then it has to be a Metro app.

Microsoft's Build keynote: 5 key takeaways
Developers at the show will also walk away with what Microsoft is calling a "Developer PC." It's a Samsung slate with a developer preview version of Windows 8 meant for building and testing applications, including those made especially for tablets.

Samsung’s Reference Windows 8 Tablet at BUILD Comes With Intel Inside?

Samsung's Series 7 Slate PC hands-on
1366 x 768 11.6-inch capacitive panel, Intel's 1.6GHz Core i5 2467M CPU with integrated graphics and 4GB of RAM.

On the front there's a 2 megapixel camera and a light sensor, and around the back sits a 3 megapixel shooter. Connectivity comes courtesy of 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, plus there's a USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI, and a SIM slot for surfing waves of 3G
64GB SSD variants packing Home Premium for $1,099

The Samsung Windows 8 tablet: Here's how to get one