Microsoft launches buildwindows.com

For many years Microsoft has held its annual PDC conference to help developers expand their knowledge on Microsoft platforms. Microsoft is launching an entirely new event that takes a broader view of the developer community, extended far beyond the realm of the “pro developer.” On that front, Microsoft has launched a new website, http://www.buildwindows.com/ that showcases the revamped conference. 

Microsoft sates about the conference:

BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world.

Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC. Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web. BUILD is the first place to dive deep into the future of Windows.

It should be an exciting time for Winodws 8 enthusiasts as Microsoft will be showcasing the new platform detail. As we have learned through many leaks, there is a lot to like about the new platform. Microsoft is betting big with Windows 8, with increased competition in the mobile and desktop space, Microsoft is looking to hit a homerun with Windows 8. 

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Doesn't this look familiar?
"In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you how Windows 8 changes everything."

All they are missing is the ", again."

Sacha said,
Doesn't this look familiar?
"In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you how Windows 8 changes everything."

All they are missing is the ", again."

lmao!

I hope they will allow silverlight/wpf usage on Win8 to build "modern" applications (apps integrated on the new tablet UI) as on windows phone 7...

HTML5/javascript is just so crappy when compared to xaml/C#/.net/silverlight.
It would be unsound to give up silverlight after all the work MS has done to build a such wonderful development environment!

link8506 said,
I hope they will allow silverlight/wpf usage on Win8 to build "modern" applications (apps integrated on the new tablet UI) as on windows phone 7...

HTML5/javascript is just so crappy when compared to xaml/C#/.net/silverlight.
It would be unsound to give up silverlight after all the work MS has done to build a such wonderful development environment!

Agreed, I was under the impression that Silverlight for WP7 apps would be ported to Windows 8. I'm really worried that Silverlight and XNA hasn't been mentioned at all, as it seems like I will have to remake my WP7 apps from the ground up to work with Windows 8.

Omen1393 said,

Agreed, I was under the impression that Silverlight for WP7 apps would be ported to Windows 8. I'm really worried that Silverlight and XNA hasn't been mentioned at all, as it seems like I will have to remake my WP7 apps from the ground up to work with Windows 8.

Given what the Office team has said, I do think that there will be a .NET set for this new UI

Omen1393 said,

Agreed, I was under the impression that Silverlight for WP7 apps would be ported to Windows 8. I'm really worried that Silverlight and XNA hasn't been mentioned at all, as it seems like I will have to remake my WP7 apps from the ground up to work with Windows 8.


Please say Win8Tablet or something. Of course Windows 8 will have SL, C#, C++, Python, Prolog, Lisp and whichever language you want to develop with. Windows 8 != "The OS that will run on tablets and that will be based on Windows 8, but really it's just a slim, locked down Windows 8 with a custom UI".

Sraf said,

Given what the Office team has said, I do think that there will be a .NET set for this new UI

what are you refering to?

the office team don't use .net anyway, so I doubt they are in the best position to discuss about a possible lack (or support) of silverlight support in modern UI... they are not directly concerned with that.

However there will probably be no support for classic activex and GDI based window surfaces from within the new modern UI (but I guess there will be support for COM components, to enhance features accessible to HTML5/silverlight based code)

Omen1393 said,

Agreed, I was under the impression that Silverlight for WP7 apps would be ported to Windows 8. I'm really worried that Silverlight and XNA hasn't been mentioned at all, as it seems like I will have to remake my WP7 apps from the ground up to work with Windows 8.

Looks like it was mentioned in a Q+A just not reported, here's a quote:

Q: Where is Silverlight in all this?

Sinofsky: There's still a place for Silverlight. The browser that we showed runs Silverlight and it will still run on the desktop.

I thinkk they were just taking the opportunity to show off the "new" and the build conference will show how they're updating the "old".

Maybe the URL could be made into a link?

Wish I could go to this, I'll probably watch the live feed if there is one.

neo158 said,
Maybe the URL could be made into a link?

Wish I could go to this, I'll probably watch the live feed if there is one.

Most likely channel9 will cover the conference and put up the sessions for viewing within a day of them being recorded.