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.
Windows Phone 8 devices that have been updated to Windows Phone 8.1 using the developer preview can now project their screens to a computer connected via USB.
The first step is to download and install this desktop driver and client app.
it’s enough to just connect the phone to the PC using USB and start the “Project My Screen App” on the PC.
The phone will ask for permission to activate screen projection.
Tap “Yes” and the desktop app shows the screen.
Use “F1” to see all key bindings and “ESC” to exit full-screen mode.
If you have problems, getting it to work, Monkey Slaps has a debugging guide posted.
One of the new features of Windows Phone 8.1 is sharing, very much like the share charm in Windows 8, and the new file picker.
The share contract allows apps to share freely with no limitations on the content type. Text, links, HTML, images, files, or even custom file types.
The new file picker goes a step further. Apps can use it to open and save files in the phone’s storage, SD card, or OneDrive.
If an app wants to load pictures, the user will be presented with the photos app. But if you need to get to a photo in another location (like your SD card or OneDrive), you can select ‘Choose location’ on the Photos app’s app bar and access the file picker.
A very nice twist: custom apps can be file providers too and allow their files/data to be accessed by the user using other apps.
This works in both Windows Runtime apps (i.e. Universal Apps) and Silverlight 8.1 apps.
To learn more on the topic, have a look at The Build 2014 session: “Contracts and Pickers: Building Apps that Work Together on Windows”
Also, Internet Explorer 11 now allows to download/save files when tapping on a link on a webpage.
You can then immediately access the downloaded file using IE:
…or you can connect your phone to your computer, access it’s folders and find a new subfolder “Downloads” containing the downloaded files.
Also, the newly available “Field Medic” App, a premier diagnostic application for Windows Phone that allows easy collection of device information and ETW logs right from your device, adds its own, user accessible folder where collected logs are stored.
Very nice, indeed!