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I write this editorial from the Moscone Center in San Francisco where I am lucky enough to be hosting a group of fifteen kiwi developers at //build/ (Microsoft’s annual developer conference).

This morning in the keynote, I watched as Satya reaffirmed Microsoft’s strategy: to reinvent productivity and empower everyone on the planet to do more and achieve more.

Satya made this real for me as he centered this strategy around Microsoft as a developer and platform company, and set forth to change the way developers think about Microsoft.

Scott Guthrie announced a collection of exciting updates to Azure, this following on from the news that Microsoft has invested funding and support in the Kiwi ISV VMob. Scott Hanselman went deeper on the announcement of Visual Studio Code: a free code-optimized editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Mark Russinovich demonstrated the Docker Engine running successfully on Windows Server.

Terry Myerson shared our bold goal to see Windows 10 on one billion devices within the next three years, all supported by a single store.

Today, we saw how Continuum for phones enables Universal Windows apps to expand the app experience across both the small and the large screen. We also saw how the same universal apps can be presented as holograms that can follow you when you walk and be used by Kiwi engineers to plan their next construction project.

To top all this off, Terry introduced the new web browser Microsoft Edge, and announced four new SDKs to build apps for Windows 10, which enable developers to: start with an existing code base, integrate with the Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and then distribute their new application through the Windows Store. The code bases enabled by these SDKs are:

  1. Websites
  2. .Net and Win32
  3. Android Java/C++ (Project Astoria)
  4. iOS Objective C (Project Islandwood)

Try Windows 10 for yourself: on your PC, on your phone, or on your Raspberry Pi 2.

If you are building apps for Windows 10 make sure that you check out the Windows 10 design guidelines and give feedback to the team on their design work.

If you like what you see here, I encourage you to watch the keynote and reserve your place at the //build/ Tour event in Auckland on Saturday May 30th (places are limited).

Nigel Parker
Director, Developer Experience Group
Microsoft New Zealand
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Startup Weekend Christchurch 2015.

8th - 10th May (CHCH)
For the third time we are having a Startup Weekend in Christchurch. Following our great even last year at Epic Innovation Campus in centre of Christchurch, we are repeating the event. Check out this video to see what it's all about. UPDATE: We are almost sold out! If you want a ticket you have to be quick!

Azure Discovery Day.

13th May (WEL)
Join our featured speaker for a day of Azure Discovery. This session will provide you with an overview of the platform, outline some of the component services available, and describe how the different technologies come together to create solutions to common organisation problems and opportunities through demos, presentations and discussions.

Christchurch Code Camp 2015.

16th May (CHCH)
Christchurch Code Camp is on again for 2015! Every year, we find the best developers to come and share their knowledge with you. So if you're a developer in Christchurch, register free and come along for a valuable day of learning from some amazing speakers.

Startup Weekend Palmerston North 2015.

22nd - 24th May (P NORTH)
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

//build/ Auckland.

30th May (AKL)
You don't have to miss out on all the fun! For the first time, Microsoft is hitting the road and doing a worldwide tour after the US conference. Join us at //build/ Auckland on the 30th of May at the Viaduct Events Centre, to hear the great developer announcements around Windows 10 & Microsoft Azure in person, and ask those Microsoft experts all your burning questions. Registration is free, but places are limited, so get your seat now!

Highlights from Build

//build/ is live, and we've heard plenty of exciting announcements after day one! Missed the keynote? The presentation is available here, and //build/ is continuing to broadcast live at Channel 9 if you want to be the first to know what's coming up next! So, what have we got to look forward to thus far?

Don't Forget to Add //build/ Auckland to Your Calendar!

Wishing you were at //build/ right now? So do we. Lucky for us, Microsoft is bringing //build/ to Auckland on Saturday the 30th of May. Finally, we can get a glimpse into the exciting keynotes, sessions and demos presented at //build/ in San Francisco, without leaving our little island in the corner of the world. Join us at the Viaduct Events Centre to experience all the exciting announcements first-hand, and take the opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers all your burning questions. Registration is completely free!

Project Spartan Browser Name Revealed: Microsoft Edge.

At //build/, the true name hiding behind the Project Spartan alias has been unveiled: Microsoft Edge. You may have heard whispers, but Microsoft Edge is not replacing Internet Explorer completely. It is the new consumer browser: “the browser for doing”. With a minimalist design, some features that we know of so far include built-in Cortana support with reader, note-taking and sharing features. The rendering engine is called EdgeHTML, and it will be the only browser supported by Windows 10 Mobile Devices.

.NET Core and Visual Studio Announcements.

Microsoft has made available its first ever release of .NET Core for Mac and Linux, in addition to .NET Core being open sourced for developers on GitHub. For more info on what you can do with .NET Core, check out this article on the Developer Tools Blogs. Even more exciting news for developers, Visual Studio for Mac and Linux has been announced: Visual Studio Code, which can be used alongside the .NET Core software. See the Visual Studio Blog for further information on Visual Studio updates!

Windows 10: Developers Welcome!

There were rumours circulating about Android apps being able to run on Windows 10, and finally, the truth is out! It has been announced that developers will be able to easily port both Android apps and iOS apps to Windows 10. Mobile apps will port over on Windows as universal apps so they can be used on Windows 10 desktops as well. With the announced plans and their free upgrade offer, Microsoft aims to have Windows 10 running on one billion devices in two to three years. Devs are encouraged to check out the Windows 10 Developer Tools Preview, as part of the Windows Insider Program, for the latest tech previews as they become available.

The New Azure Services Have Arrived.

The first hour of the keynote announced new Azure services, such as the Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Azure Data Lake. SaaS developers can make use of the new SQL elastic database pools, which simplify the process of creating, maintaining and managing performance across multiple databases. Test out some features at the Microsoft Azure portal and go here for further Azure announcements and details.

And Finally... Holograms! Need We Say More?

The future is today! Day one of //build/ demonstrated the power of the Microsoft HoloLens, showing its potential in a variety of situations such as medical procedures. A meticulously detailed 3D model of a human heart was displayed, and could be rotated and expanded. The apps are able to float along, be moved, set to follow, or pinned to different walls with a variety of gestures. The HoloLens will be powered by Windows 10, and the hardware will require no cords, phones, wires, or tethers.


Have a Windows app project on the side? Show it off! Share it with the rest of the community in the Kiwi Windows Apps Facebook group or send us an email to nzdev@outlook.com.

Weather getting you down? We've got the perfect selection of apps so that you don't have to feel guilty about staying inside this weekend. Treat yourself!

Download Netflix Download Dominos
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