Yesterday evening, I had a really great time. The Belgian Umbraco User Group (BUUG) organized a livestream to follow the keynote from the Build conference. As not all of us can make it to Build in California, this was a very good alternative! (Wich was also organized by several other usergroups btw).
At 05.00PM, we were expected at the offices of Combell at Ghent. There we were warmly welcomed by Thijs Feryn, which is really an super enthusiastic guy btw! After some food & drinks it was time to watch the keynote.. This is what I will remember from the talk:
First of all there were some demos about what they call the Windows metro style applications. Those applications use the new Metro design language which is already used on the WP7 devices. I think Microsoft is really convinced about that style of applications, as they are pushing to use it everywhere on every device. The demo applications Microsoft showed us were mostly developed by a team of interns. They were all created within 10 weeks, and developed by several teams of 2-3 developers. Those guys did some great work, and I think they will be really proud to put ‘First Windows 8 developer’ on their CV.
After the demos we saw a slide with ‘the’ change for Windows 8: The application development architecture. Which I personally think is really the way to go.
What I do find exciting is the usage of Blend in combination with HTML5/CSS. As I’m not a CSS genius, Blend will make it extremely easy to just position your HTML stuff, handle all the rotating and scaling issues without digging into CSS floats, absolute positions,..
The next part of the keynote was mostly about hardware, the speed of Windows 8, the reduced memory usage and the reduced processes. They also showed some awesome ultra-thin ultrabooks, some cool tablets, a high-end machine showing some very realistic renders.
I can’t wait to start playing with the WinRT API’s and getting to know them. As they always say, try before you judge!
Just wanted to say thanks to the BUUG and Combell for the friendliness! I had a good time.
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