Together with about 25 other developers from Belgium, Olivier Matis (C# MVP) is at the Build conference in San Francisco this week. He’s sharing his experience at the conference in a series of blog posts.
The MSDN Belux team
As I expected yesterday, the news at Build is mostly on the hardware front. We start to see hardware that really uses the power of Windows 8. Is Windows 8 disappointing? No. The OS is not perfect, but I think the main problem was not having the right hardware. Start to save your euros now, the Christmas season will be hot!
Here’s a quick review of the sessions I followed:
This was a very general session. They talked about 9 new or improved areas, and gave you a link to sessions covering them in deep. A nice session to have an overview!
I was a bit disappointed about this one. Not the session or the new apps are bad, but I was expecting more of an augmented reality session. If you’re interested in camera APIs, you might want to check it out.
Well, Tim Heuer and his team did it again! There are lots of improvements … Mainly new controls that make generic stuff like an app bar with buttons, setup flyouts, etc. … It’s easier because it manages all the design guidelines itself, removing that burden from developers. They also mentioned some nice performance improvements to the rendering/panning of lists. Grenderbitmap control and behaviors. Enough said!
This session is also linked to some other sessions that go deeper in some areas (like big listviews/gridviews performances).
Too bad nothing was said about the new snap views and how to manage them. It is probably in another session …
I am not that much into Bluetooth, but I was curious. They showed a demo of serial Bluetooth. The session only took 20 minutes, but at the end they gave away a Sphero to the ones who got tickets at the entrance (and I was one of the lucky few …)
– Surface Pro 128GB with Type Cover
– Acer Iconia W3 64 GB + Bluetooth Keyboard + Micro USB to USB adapter
– USB Key with Windows 8.1 Preview and Visual Studio 2013 Preview ISOs
– SkyDrive 100GB one year subscription
Some pictures of the demo area, etc. … more pics will follow tomorrow!
200 Nokia Lumia 920s showing a selection of apps (made by Rudy Huynt)
Healthy (?) food
Glimpse of the insane waiting line for the goodies
Team ready to distribute the goodies
Geek games …
Food during pause between sessions
Successor of the Phablet: the Pixelsense Phone