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Build keynote day one–Julie Larson-Green

After Steve Ballmer, Julie Larson-Green took the stage. And I know that it might not be politically correct to say it, but I love that it is a woman stepping on stage doing it. It is good for the industry, and everyone agrees with that, but pointing it out is apparently a problem to some. And the fact that she does it with a confidence that just outshines most of the people doing the TechEd keynotes is just awesome.

Unfortunately, I think she was dealt a somewhat bad hand. The stuff that she was showing off was cool, but very far from game changers unfortunately…

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Posted: Jun 28 2013, 18:03 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Build keynote day one–Steve Ballmer

[Updated: Now with proper spelling…]

I do not get to go to Build this year as I am min Madrid speaking at TechEd Europe, which to be honest, feels pretty great. No, we didn’t get two tablets and a presentation by Steve Ballmer, but TechEd has been at the top of my list of places I wanted to speak at for quite some time. So I’m ok with that…

Instead, I downloaded the keynote from day one, and thought I would reflect a bit on what was said. Starting out with Steve Ballmer’s part

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Posted: Jun 28 2013, 14:17 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Windows 8 communication is not very Microsofty

A couple of weeks has gone by since Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at the BUILD conference in Anaheim, and things are kind of back to normal. Except for the fact that Microsoft has gagged all of their normal information channels.

Apparently, Microsoft representatives are not allowed to talk about Windows 8 at all. And speakers at some conferences have been informed that they are not to talk about Windows 8 on stage. At least not their personal opinions. I assume that they are allowed to talk about the facts that were unveiled in Anaheim…

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Posted: Sep 27 2011, 09:01 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Choosing technology for Windows development

I feel that the one thing that has been lacking here at Build is information about the fact that “old” windows application technologies are still there in Windows 8, and are just as much first class citizens as the new Metro style apps. They even have a lot on offer that the new apps don’t.

Microsoft promises that any application that runs on Windows 7 will also run on Windows 8. They are also saying, repeatedly but not loud enough, that the “old” technologies are still a very viable option for developing apps. You should not necessarily default to building a Metro style app when creating a new application. To be honest, in my world at least, I am very likely to lean towards another technology when starting a new project.

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Posted: Sep 16 2011, 03:27 by ZeroKoll | Comments (4) |
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Windows 8 feature - Charms

Windows 8 introduces a new concept called “charms”. Charms are basically a set of features that is handled by the OS, but is used/implemented/extended by the installed apps.

That sounds really confusing…but it isn’t…or…well…I will try to explain…

When you expand the “toolbar” on the right hand side of Windows 8 (swiping from the right edge of the screen towards the center) you are faced with a couple of buttons. First off the start button (Windows logo), but also share, settings, search. These are all “charms”. A charm is basically a feature that can be called up through the OS by using that toolbar, but should be implemented by the individual apps.

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Posted: Sep 15 2011, 17:38 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Windows 8 feature - Roaming data

Ok, so I will only quickly mention this as I find it awesomely cool, but have limited information. But basically, all apps get the ability to store settings and a certain amount of data in a roaming data store. This roaming data store is then synched “up” to Live services, and then down to all the users devices. This way, all settings and app things that makes sense to have identical in all places will just be on all devices automatically.

This means that a setting only needs to be done once, and then all your devices will have the same setting. I do however assume that you can manipulate what settings are synched, but I have to check…

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Posted: Sep 15 2011, 17:37 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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The Windows 8 developer story according to me (at the moment)

Earlier today, I made an update to a previous post, cause I had misunderstood some things regarding WinRT. It is however getting clearer and clearer as we get more and more information.

This post is a way for me to try to explain the Windows 8 developer story as I see it today. I am probably wrong in a hundred different ways, as I am trying to stitch together lots of little pieces of information to get a bigger picture… But I am at least going to try to get what I believe down on paper, and also add my own reflections of course…

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Posted: Sep 15 2011, 04:07 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Build Windows day 2

Ok, so Build is onto it’s second day. A second day that has been a lot “slower” than day one. The keynote contained a lot of different information, mostly focused around connected apps and Windows Server 8, which I assume was to be expected.

The keynote did contain some gems though…

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Posted: Sep 15 2011, 00:03 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Build Windows day one done and dusted

Ok, that was day one of Build Windows…and I am left very impressed! I had high hopes, but to be honest I guess I still had low expectations for today, but I can honestly say I was blown away. I know I am a Microsoft fanboy, and that I like most of the things Microsoft comes up with, but people who know me also know that still trash a bunch of their things as I find them lacking. But this really seems very good!

There has been so ridiculously much information coming out today that I don’t even know where to start. The keynote had a bunch of interesting points, but the following sessions were just packed with awesome stuff.

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Posted: Sep 14 2011, 02:58 by ZeroKoll | Comments (0) |
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Build Windows Keynote Thoughts

Holy f@#%&! That’s all I can say… Microsoft just pulled the biggest rabbit out of the hat ever! My expectations, as well as the rest of the attendees were high, but I really do feel that they managed to live up to those expectations and then some!

Everyone I have spoken to over lunch have been impressed and just want to get their hands on a Win8 device ASAP. It will change the way we work with Windows to an extent that I think few can fathom at the moment. But I think the companies that produce touch panels will be the ones who gain most from this new OS.

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Posted: Sep 13 2011, 21:53 by ZeroKoll | Comments (1) |
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