On February 29th, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the world for everyone to try! Windows 8 represents an entirely new way of computing. It is a new platform full of new opportunities (more on that in a bit).
The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 8 is that it’s different. VERY different. It’s the most radical overhaul to the Windows user interface since Windows 95 introduced the Start menu and taskbar. Much of this change is exciting. It will make doing various tasks easier, especially if you’re using a touchscreen device.
To learn how the navigate the new Windows 8 user experience, check out my colleague Dr. Z’s most excellent “How To” series for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that I referenced last week.
Get Started Developing Windows 8 Apps
Now, back to that bit about it being a “platform of new opportunities”… if you’re a developer, it’s time to get in on the fun. The time to build apps for Windows 8 is NOW!
My teammate, David Isbitski, has a great post showing you how to get started developing apps for Windows 8 on your own:
For something as big and exciting as Windows 8, you’ll probably want to get a good introduction in-person. For that, I’m excited to announce a new series of Windows Developer Camps! These are free, full-day, developer-focused events featuring a combination of sessions and hands-on labs. There will be 10 of these coming to the US East Coast later this month and throughout April & May 2012.
Windows 8 changes everything.
Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a reimagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in Store with industry-leading business terms — Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity, ever.
Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have – from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.
We’ll cap the day off with an open, hands-on lab session. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your dream application underway, or finish that app you’ve already started – with Windows 8 experts available to guide you through every step. Bring your laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app.
Get started now!
Join us in one of these cities:
Windows Developer Camps
|March 27, 2012||Reston, VA||Details & Registration|
|March 29, 2012||Chevy Chase, MD||Details & Registration|
|April 11, 2012||Orlando, FL||Details & Registration|
|April 17, 2012||Tampa, FL||Details & Registration|
|April 19, 2012||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Details & Registration|
|May 1, 2012||Charlotte, NC||Details & Registration|
|May 22, 2012||Waltham, MA||Details & Registration|
|May 23, 2012||Atlanta, GA||Details & Registration|
|May 23, 2012||Farmington, CT||Details & Registration|
|May 24, 2012||Malvern, PA||Details & Registration|
Register today and start thinking about the possibilities and what you’ll create!
[Update: 3-26-2012] Just announced: New York City Windows 8 Developer Event on April 19, 2012