For the last couple years it has been a tradition that I capture a stream of consciousness as I watch the big Microsoft keynote announcements at Build, PDC, TechEd North America. I enjoy doing it so that my work colleagues are able to catch up on the news as soon as they wake up in Australia, and for anyone else that wants an overview of the keynote without needing to dedicate hours watching it.
As I am live blogging it, the post is a stream of text and screen captures as they happened in real time. I have added additional links and a summary below as the highlights:
- Getting access to the latest bits
- Windows 8.1 update is available today via MSDN
- Visual Studio 2013 update 2 RC (universal app support) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42307
- Windows Phone 8.1 available this month for developers registered and installed preview program
- New Universal apps!
- New “Shared app identities” allows users to purchase the app once and use on Desktop & Phone
- In future universal apps will run on Xbox One.
- Example of using it with MVVM Light http://blog.galasoft.ch/posts/2014/04/building-a-universal-application-for-windows-phone-8-1-and-windows-8-1-with-mvvm-light/
- New touch office is being written as a universal app (demoed same code running on tablet & phone)
- Cortana is being released in Windows Phone 8.1 as a personal assistant
- Windows Phone 8.1
- Cortana is the big thing, replacing the bing search button.
- Super customisable lock screens with unlock animations
- New workflow keyboard with swipe interface
- Support for Bluetooth LE (i.e. Fitbit)
- WinJS is now on GitHub and is cross platform in IE, Win8, WinPhone, iOS, Android http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/buildingapps/archive/2014/04/02/bringing-winjs-cross-platform-and-open-source.aspx
- DirectX 12 across all devices (Phone, Tablet, PC, Xbox One)
- New “Windows for Internet of Things” will cost $0. Could lead to a whole new type of device
The entire conference & screenshots are continued below
Terry Myerson walks on stage
Was 22 years ago they had the first Microsoft conference
Everything Microsoft is doing, is to answer the question of how developers can make their ideas come to life.
Joe Belfiore comes on stage
He now runs the team that concentrates on PC, Tablet & phone
Will be making 2 big Windows announcements:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows Phone 8.1
Windows Phone 8.1
Making it more personal
Much more customisable lock screen.
New API that allows for more lock screen interactions. Can have animations when swiping the lock screen up. The words slide out diagonally. The circles spin around
Windows Phone 8.1 voice assistant
Gave Cortana permission to scan emails on the phone. It is only the phone that knows this (not “the cloud).
So can suggest “would you like to track this flight?” if you accept and give permission, then it will tell the cloud to start keeping track.
Nick Hedderman comes on stage
Can add phones onto corporate network. MDM support. Push settings to it.
FINALLY has VPN support. Can see the padlock “connecting” on notification centre.
Can install corporate apps. All of It automatically gets removed if the person removes their phone from corporate control.
Automatically connect to free hotspots
Can automatically securely share wifi passwords to your contacts. So when friends come over they get access to the internet connection, but not the rest of the network.
- Wifi sense works across Windows 8.1 & Windows Phone 8.1 so all your devices can automatically connect to your networks.
- In private browsing
- IE Reading view
- Coming to consumers in next few months.
Windows 8.1 update
[1 hour 5 minutes]
Joe leaves, David Treadwell on stage
Universal Windows Apps
- Store apps now have “Shared app identities”
- Can buy the app ONCE for phone & PC
- Shared cloud storage, shared notifications.
- Has a badge that indicates it is a “universal app” available on both devices.
[1 hour 26 minutes]
Office as a Universal app
Modern apps can now use the new “brokered component”
WinRT process, that will run a brokered component. Has access to the entire .net framework. Not available for store apps ONLY for enterprise side loaded apps.
1 hour 42
[1 hour 50 minutes]
People keep asking Microsoft for roadmaps.
So here are the longer term plans.
[2 hours 15 minutes]
Stephen Elop from Nokia comes on stage
New device, the Nokia Lumia 930:
- Flagship device.
- Metallic outsides.
- 5″ full HD display
- Wireless charging
- 20MP camera. optical stability
- 4 high quality microphones. They showed a recording they did. Picked the sound up well.