Here are my notes from the Steven Sinofsky keynote at BUILD.
Keynote started with a video of developers, designers etc. working on Windows 8 giving their favorite features in Win8.
- ~450 million copies of Win7 sold (1500 non-security product changes seamlessly delivered)
- Consumer usage higher than XP
- 542 million Windows Live sign-ins every month
Lots of change in Windows
- Form factors/UI models create new opportunities (touch)
- "People who say touch is only for small or lightweight devices are wrong. As soon as you use touch on a tablet, you’re going to want to touch on your desktop & laptop."
- Mobility creates new usage models – e.g. use while reclining on a couch
- Apps can’t be silos – "customers want a web of applications"
- Apps to interact easily
- Services are intrinsic
What is Win8?
- Makes Windows 7 even better – everything that runs on Win7 will run on Win8
- Reimagines Windows from the chipset (ARM work) through the UI experience
- All demos shown today are equally at home on ARM and x86
Performance / Fundamentals
Kernel Memory Usage
|Win 7 RTM||540 MB||34 processes|
|Win 7 SP 1||404 MB||32 processes|
|Win 8 Dev Preview||281 MB||29 processes|
User Experience (Julie)
- Fast and fluid – everything’s animated
- Apps are immersive and full screen
- Touch first – keyboard/mouse are first-class citizens ("you’re going to want all three")
- Web of apps that work together – "when you get additional apps, the system just gets richer and richer"
- Experience this across devices and architectures
- Notes from Julie’s demo
- Picture password – poke at different places on an image (3 strokes) to login
- Tiles on the home screen – each is an app – easily rearranged. Pinch to zoom in/out
- On screen keyboard pops up
- Swipe from right side to bring up Start screen – swipe up from bottom to get app menus ("app bar") – relevant system settings (e.g. sound volume/mute) also appear
- Select text in a browser – drag from right side to see "charms" – these are exposed by apps. One is "Share" – shows all apps that support the "Share contract".
- Think of sharing as a very semantically rich clipboard.
- Target app can implement its own panel for information (e.g. login, tags, etc.) for sharing when it’s the target.
- Can search applications, files – apps can also expose a search contract to make it easy for search to find app-specific data.
- Inserting a picture
- Shows pix on computer
- Social networking sites can add content right into picture file picker
- Showed settings syncing from one machine to another machine she is logged in on that is an ARM machine.
Metro-style Platform/Tools (Antoine)
- Metro apps can be built in any language
- Reimagined the Windows APIs – "Windows Runtime" (Windows RT).
- 1800 objects natively built into Windows – not a layer.
- Build your UI in XAML or HTML/CSS
- Launch Visual Studio 11 Express – new app to build Metro apps.
- Pick the language you want – pick the app template you want.
- Enable millions of web developers to build these apps for Windows.
- New format – App Package – that encapsulates
- Use mouse or touch seamlessly – no special code.
- Modify button to bring up file picker dialog…
- Also allows connecting to Facebook if the app that connects FB photos to the local pictures is there – every app now gets access to FB photos.
- Adding support for the "Share" contract is 4 lines of JS
- Use Expression Blend to edit not just XAML but HTML/CSS.
- Add an App Bar – just a <div> on the HTML page.
- Drag button into there to get Metro style where commands are in the app bar
- Uses new HTML 5 CSS layout as Grid. Allows for rotation, scaling, etc. Center canvass within the grid.
- Expression lets you look at snapped view, docked view, portrait, landscape.
- 58 lines of code total
- Post app to the Windows Store
- In VS Store / Upload Package…
- Licensing model built into app package format. Allows trials.
- Submit to Certification
- Part of the promise of the store to Windows users is the apps are safe and high quality.
- Processes can be a bit bureaucratic.
- Does compliance, security testing, content compliance.
- Will give Developers all the technical compliance tools to run themselves.
- Win32 Apps
- Not going to require people to rewrite those to be in the store.
- Don’t have to use Win8 licensing model.
- Give the Win32 apps a free listing service.
- XAML / Silverlight
- Using ScottGu sample SilverLight 2 app.
- Not a Metro app – input stack doesn’t give touch access.
- How to make it a Metro app?
- Runtime environments between SL and Win8 are different.
- Had to change some using statements, networkin layer.
- Reused all the XAML and data binding code – it just came across.
- Declare it supports "Search" and add a couple of lines of code.
- Also can use same code on the Windows Phone.
- "All of your knowledge around Silverlight, XAML just carries across."
- If you write your app in HTML5/CSS/XAML, it will run on x86/x64/ARM. If you want to write native code, we’ll help make it cross-compile to these platforms.
- IE 10 is the same rendering engine as for the Metro apps.
- Can roam all settings across your Win8 machines – including you app settings if you want.
Hardware Platform (MikeAng)
- 8 second boot time – win7 pc.
- New power state called "Connected Standby"
- Windows coalesces all the timer and network requests, turns the radio on periodically to satisfy them, then goes back to very low power consumption.
- But because app requests are getting satisfied they are up to date as soon as you press "ON"
- USB 3 ~4x faster at copying a 1 GB file than USB 2
- Can boot Win8 from up to 256 TB drive.
- Direct Compute API – can offload compute loads to GPU
- Every Metro app has hardware acceleration UI baked in.
- Doing work with OEMs on testing sensitivity of touch hardware
- Windows reserves only one pixel on each side for the Windows UI, so sensitivity important.
- Down to 1024 x 768 for Metro apps. If 1366 x 768, get full Windows UI (side-by-side snap in). Any form factor – about resolution.
- Have a sensor fusion API – accelerameter, touch.
- NFC – near field communication – business card can have a little antenna built in to send data to Win8.
- Integrating device settings (web cam, HP printer, etc.) into Metro UI rather than as a third-party app.
- Ultra Books
- Full core powered processor in a super-thin and light package.
- Some are thinner than legacy connectors – RJ45 and VGA – they are bumps.
- These things are mostly battery.
- Samsung PC giveaway – to all BUILD attendees
- 64 GB SSD
- 4 GB RAM (Steven: "so you can run Visual Studio")
- AT&T 3G included for one year (2GB/mo)
- Windows tablet + development platform.
- 2nd generation core i5
- 1366×768 display from Samsung – amazing
- Refresh your PC without affecting your files
- Files and personalization don’t change.
- PC settings are restored to default
- All Metro apps are kept – others are removed.
- Command-line tool to establish base image for this for pros.
- Hyper-V in the Windows 8 client
- ISOs get mounted as DVD drives.
- Multi Mon –
- Screen background extends
- Task bar customizes to multi-mon – can have identical across two mons or have per-monitor task bar (show only apps running on that monitor)
- Ctrl/PgDn to switch Metro start screen between the two monitors – develop on one, test on another.
- Keyboard works the same – type "cmd" from Metro Start screen and are in search for CMD.
Cloud Services (ChrisJo)
- Windows Live mail Metro client connects both Exchange and Hotmail.
- Full power delivered by ActiveSync.
- Windows Live Metro calendar app.
- Bring together all the Friends through Linked In, Facebook, Windows Live.
- Connected to Facebook, Flickr, local photos.
- Written as a Metro app.
- SkyDrive – 100 million people.
- Every Win8 user, every Win Phone has a SkyDrive.
- Also accessible to developers – access the same way as you would use local store.
- Used college interns to develop sample apps included in dev preview build.
- 17 teams (2-3 devs per team).
- 10 weeks.
Developer Preview (not Beta).
MSFT will let everyone download the Developer preview starting tonight.
- X86 (32- and 64-bit)
- With Tools + Apps or just Apps
- No activation, self-support.