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Tulsa TechFest 2012
Windows 8 - Goodbye to the Start Button...Long Live the Start Screen
Tim Vander Kooi
Talk about Windows 8 is all the rage in IT circles these days with most people seeming to be of the opinion that Microsoft removing the old Start button was a terrible thing to do.
In this session we will be looking at the new Start screen with its Live Tiles and maybe just convince you that the Start button is not dead, it is simply much improved. We will also look at what a true Windows 8 work experience will look like from an information workers point of view as well as dive into some of Windows 8's new capabilities like native Hyper-V and new Server management tools and "Metro style" apps.
Getting Started with Windows 8 Development - Go Metro!
This is going to be an exciting year for Windows developers. With the release of Windows 8 you will have a new opportunity to build Metro-style applications for Windows 8 devices including PCs and tablets. In this talk, we will explain what "Metro" is all about as well as discuss the various technologies and tools that enable you to build great Windows 8 applications. If you're ready to build your first Windows 8 "Metro-Style" application, then this talk is for you.
Taking your Windows 8 app to the next level
I will take you through the top items that you can address to make your Windows Store app stand out from its peers. This includes ways to integrate with the Windows 8 ecosystem, performance tips and UX design guidelines that will help your app shine.
Asyncing and Awaiting Windows 8
If you thought Silverlight was asynchronous, just a-wait till you see WinRT. Windows 8 is coming, and it has a completely new API. In addition to the familiar Win32, developers can now take advantage of WinRT to participate in the Metro experience.
Just about every operation in WinRT is asynchronous. And not just web calls. Even opening a file is an async operation. Arm yourself with the latest tools in .NET 4.5 -- the async and await keywords -- to take full advantage of the platform.
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