Vol 15-4 | March, 2012
MSDN Biweekly Developer Newsletter
Microsoft MSDN Flash newsletter— CANADIAN EDITION

Thomas Lewis
Principal Developer Evangelist
Microsoft Canada

  The big news this week was that I have moved to Vancouver, Canada by the time you read this. Oh, wait. Actually you probably thought the big news was that we released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona!

It is true. As you can imagine, we are excited about the Consumer Preview and if you haven’t had a chance or had been waiting, then wait no longer and go download it !

One of the questions we receive a lot is “Ok, I went and downloaded it, but now what do I do?” I suggest a few things to get started:

Familiarize yourself with the Windows Dev Center . You are going to be here a lot, this is where all the best, official and up-to-date information will be.

Subscribe to the Building Windows 8 and Windows Store for Developers blogs. Again, this is where you will get information straight from the source. Always remember, on the Internet that random person who wrote a post you stumbled onto could be a maniac.

Build an app! You can only learn so much without getting your hands in the dirt!

If you are building a Windows 8 Metro-style app, then let me know on Twitter or send me a nice e-mail .


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Mobile + Cloud Workshop - March 3, Kitchener


Prairie Developer Conference West-March 13-15, Calgary


HackDays Regina - March 17, Regina


Web/HTML5 + Cloud Workshop - March 21-Moncton


HackDays Vancouver - March 24, Vancouver


Ottawa Code Camp - April 14, Ottawa


Web + Cloud Workshop - April 28, Edmonton


DevTeach-May 28th-June 1, Vancouver

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