"no compromises--you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer to run the apps you love."
The quote above comes from the Microsoft Build Web site. While the new conference is scheduled for September 13th through the 16th in California, information on the event has been limited. In fact, as I write this, the Build Web site's agenda has only dates and times with no actual details. The schedule for Tuesday is as follows:
Tuesday, Sept 13
7:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 11:00am
11:30am - 6:00pm
While that makes it hard to know exactly what is going to be presented, Microsoft has implied what will be covered. The quote above indicates a focus on devices. The actual name of the conference is //build/ windows so it's clear the focus is on Windows as well. Microsoft has shown demos of Windows "8" and even stated that this conference will be where it talks about it. If you read the brief descriptions on the conference page, you learn that the focus will be on showing developers - actually they state modern developers -- how to take advantage of future Windows, aka Windows "8." (emphasis is mine)
A New App Model
Windows "8" has raised a lot of questions. Two, in particular, could have huge consequences on today's Windows developers - modern or not. I'm sure both will be answered at the Build conference if not before.
The second question is, "What happens to Windows?" Actually, the question is "Is this the end of Windows?" This might seem like a strange question since the focus of the conference is about the future of Windows.
Of course, a few comments related to this second question have already been dropped. For example, using Internet Explorer 10 with your applications will allow you to tap into a computer's hardware for acceleration. As such, while your apps might be standardized, you should gain a performance boost on Windows "8" with IE 10.
These are big, big questions, which I'm sure Microsoft has thought through. When you combine these questions with the implications that Windows "8" will be as big of a change as Windows 95 was, you quickly begin to realize there are some interesting changes in the works. Microsoft has been quiet on the details. I've asked and gotten more silence than I ever have in the past. Does that mean some big things are in the works? The last time Microsoft was this quiet was right before .NET and C# were announced. As such, I'd say that there is a high potential for some very interesting things to be announced.
When and where do we think answers are going to be shared? It looks like the Microsoft Build conference might be the place to be in September. It should be interesting.
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