Swiss //Publish/ event on Friday, May 16 – bring your project and join the hackathon!
Geneva, Switzerland / May 16, 2014
Route des Jeunes 35
Geneva, 1227 Switzerland
10:00 AM -10:30 AM Registration/Event Welcome
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Keynote – new features, converged apps…
11:30 AM – 13:00 AM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support
13:00 PM – 14:00 PM Lunch/Webcast
14:00 PM – 17:30 PM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support
17:30 PM – 18:00 PM App Showcase/Judging & Awards
18:00 PM – 19:00 PM Dinner/ Webcast
19:00 PM – 22:00 PM Open Coding Session with Expert(-s) Support
Bring your existing app and game projects to Microsoft’s //publish/ event to code with developers from around the world. Collaborate and get help with app design, performance, testing, publishing, porting from Unity – you name it.
Receive onsite support from community experts to remove blockers and add the finishing touches to your project.
Join a testing group of your peers and try your app out on a range of devices.
Connect online with developers and Microsoft product specialists from all over the globe in simultaneous worldwide events. Show off your completed project at the App Showcase.
Hands-On Lab: Building your first App for Windows 8.1 and publishing it to the Windows Store.
I recently created this hands-on lab and ran it in an on-site event here at Microsoft Switzerland. People gave me very good feedback so I decided to publish it in full.
The lab contains everything you need to complete the exercise, including a detailed, 50 page step-by-step manual as Word- or PDF document. Every step is well explained so you don’t need prior Windows App development experience.
In it, you will be creating a YouTube video player app from scratch (File, new Project) for a specific YouTube channel and publish it to the Microsoft store. The final app will look something like the following, but you can tailor it to your YouTube channel of choice.
The lab also makes use of some of the new Windows 8.1 controls like the Hub and the Microsoft Player Framework to play back streaming video.
Windows 8 features like the App bar, asynchronous programming and sharing videos through the Share Charm are all covered.
Also, all the sometimes confusing publishing steps are explained in detail, including how to optimally create properly sized screen-shots using the simulator in Visual Studio 2013…
…how to properly describe the app select the right category and markets…
…and test the app using the “Windows App Certification Kit”, so publishing is as smooth as possible.
All you need to complete the lab is a computer running Windows 8.1 and a version of Visual Studio 2013, that can create XAML/C# based Windows store apps. The free “Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows” edition will do just fine.
To publish the lab, you will need an active Windows Store account, details how to sign up can be found here and here. Pricing per year is CHF 17 for individuals and CHF 90 for companies
Give me the Files!
You can download the whole lab from: http://corti.ch/w81-store-hol
Get productive with the “Windows 8.1 Power User Guide for Business”. Fast.
Learn from this Windows 8.1 Power User Guide about the advanced, new features of Windows 8.1, such as the enhancements to the file explorer, the new task manager, Internet Explorer 11, the mobility center, Windows To Go and SkyDrive Pro.
The best part: It’s one short and well structured PDF document.
Download it here.
Windows 8.1 release date announced (via “Blogging Windows”)
The Windows 8.1 availability date has been announced publicly on http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-windows-8-1.aspx
Starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market.
Windows 8.1 Resources for Developers
Windows 8.1 has been announced last week at the //build/ conference in San Francisco.
Now is the perfect time to get yourself up to speed on what is new in Windows 8.1 for developers, try the new Visual Studio 2013 preview and install the preview build of Windows 8.1.
The following, small collection of links hopefully helps you in getting your bearings in the matter.
Build 2013 Session Recordings
Windows 8.1 app samples
Download Visual Studio 2013 Preview for Windows
Get the standalone Windows 8.1 SDK
Download the Windows 8.1 samples pack
Windows App Certification Kit 3.0
Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Preview
Multilingual App Toolkit
Windows 8.1 New APIs and features
Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide for Developers
Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide (PDF Download)
Migration guide for app builders
Internet Explorer 11 Preview Guide for Developers