As I was waiting at the airport for my long trip back to New York from the /build conference in San Francisco. In the SFO terminal as I wait for my delayed flight I see a number of Microsoft shopping bags at the feet of a number of waiting passengers; a reminder of a week filled with awesome presentations, great announcements, and Oprah Moments “Everyone gets a new Surface Pro and Acer tablet!!!!!”
Microsoft has a way of bring developers all over the world to celebrate technology. This was my first //build conference and amongst all the awesomeness I had the opportunity to meet developers from all over the world form Lagos Nigeria, all the way to Sydney Australia. As a Ugandan working at Microsoft it was great to see how this one event brought together people from all over the world!
Last year, I watched the conference online like so many just before I joined Microsoft. The announcement of Windows 8 brought about the re-imagination of an entire Windows platform. The launch of Windows 8 last year not only opened up the our minds to the way we interact with a system, it changed the way we as developers developed on this platform. After all this what was next ? What would we see this year ? How can we get better? more exciting?What are we all going to be seeing in Windows 8.1?
As you download the Windows 8.1 preview here are you some of the great features you have to look forward to. A new spin on an old tale … the start button back. Talk about kicking it retro. I didn’t miss the start button but, I do appreciate the re-birth of such a defining feature the Windows OS. The hands free swiping gesture feature on Windows 8.1 blew me away. For Windows 8.1 user this changes the way you use anf interact not the way you interact with your app but the way you use it. Hurray to less finger smudges on my tablet and laptop!!!! For a developer this makes the dev experience even more exciting. On the Windows 8 Phone side we saw the announcement of new Nokia phones and the long awaited announcement of new apps like Facebook.
On the tools side Visual Studio 2013 got even better; ASP.NET got cooler; bing open up it’s doors even more; ; Azure even got more seamless; and Project Spark that enables anyone to build, play and share games.The demos during the keynotes and sessions through this week revealed amazing new features on these platforms.
Bing introduced great development new features with the trip planner, that showed off great apis and features like voice recognition, and geo fencing just to mention a few(view developer resources). I love Azure, it give you the cloud with a point and click. Azure mobile services makes it seamless for developers to create amazing cross platform devices! Why be on one platform when you can be everywhere.
Aside from intern projects about three years I haven’t used ASP.NET since the days of web forms :S. After the demos this week I want to try out the amazing new template in Visual 2013 that allows to you to create web apps using multiple templates like Facebook,SPA , mobile, etc. After this demo I want to revisit an old friend.This is just a brief insist to /build check out more infer on Chanel 9 !
There were so many new and exciting things said this week but, I have to say my favorite quote of the week was by Gurdeep Singh Pall; “Apps are going to have eyes, hears and mouths”. This defines quote defines how we should be building apps, and Windows 8.1 is a gateway to new way we build apps .