Saturday, September 15, 2012

Catch-up on the Latest Windows News

Here is a summary of the latest Windows news (although a bit late), which you should keep an eye on or take a little time to read:


Build Windows Conference – Oct 30 to Nov2, 2012: 45 days remaining for the highly anticipated Build Windows Conference, which will take place in Seattle this year. It will happen at the same time as the official launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and a new generation of Windows application will be born and made available for the consumers! I’ll be attending the conference this year, so stay tuned for the insights.


Windows 8 Availability: According to the Windows Team Blog Windows 8 will be generally available on October 26th later this year. The timing will be great for the Windows Build conference. Last week on IFA 2012, manufactures were showcasing a wide array of Windows 8 tablets, PCs and ultrabooks to the public in preparation for the official launch. More on IFA 2012 soon!


Windows Store: On the Build Windows website you can have a sneak peek at the upcoming Windows Store web site by clicking on some of the showcased applications.


The first Windows 8 Phone - Samsung ATIV S: although I could not catch the official announcement as IFA 2012, Samsung took advantage of the biggest consumer electronics show in Europe to unveil the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S. Although I did spent a lot of time later during the week in the Samsung Hall at IFA, the phone’s were not being displayed (even though I asked and pushed to get a hand’s on experience).  Check out the cool review published by the Windows Phone Team Blog.

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Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 Devices Unveiled: at the same time that I was at IFA 2012, Nokia was preparing the Windows Phone 8 devices announcement. On September 5, 2012, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 devices, which take the best of the Lumia family hardware features and integrate all the new goodness of Windows Phone 8. Here is another article from the Windows Phone Team Blog with photos and videos on the new devices. Here’s another nice layout in the Windows Phone site.


Windows Phone Store: following the Windows Store lead, the former Windows Phone Marketplace changed to Windows Phone Store. With a revamped and cleaner website, the teams are aligning Windows 8 with Windows Phone 8 for the upcoming official launch. Check out the new web site here. You can read the full story on the Windows Phone blog. Remember to keep the Windows Phone Dev Center at hand !


Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview Program is Open: Diving into the development side of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has opened the Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview program, which allows developers to apply for getting early access to a WP8 SDK preview. You can check the full story and the steps to apply here.


Visual Studio 2012 Launch: A couple of days ago, Visual Studio 2012 was officially launched. VS2012 is the best development tool so far and the evolution and range of features of the tool is mind blowing. Make sure to check the available videos.

That is actually quite a lot to catch up ! Take some time and go through it. It is actually an exciting time, especially for tablets and smartphones. More to come on my trip to IFA 2012, the work that I have been doing for retail environments and soon details on BUILD !

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