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