MSDN Flash - June 13, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 11

June 13, 2011 - Volume 15, Number 11

Ian Rothwell

Dear readers,

Before MSDN Flash goes on summer vacation until August, we have a major highlight to announce: last week, Microsoft officially presented the next version of its operating system – codenamed "Windows 8".

  The new user interface, which has been adapted to a large extent to touch-based devices, is quite impressive. Live tiles feature on the new Windows 8 interface, presenting significantly more information than the traditional icons by showing always up-to-date information from your apps.

A particularly attractive feature for developers is that the new shell can be programmed on the basis of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, allowing the Web & Desktop to be merged completely. The 5-minute demo video demonstrates how quickly and smoothly this new, attractive OS runs.

A few hours later, the first Windows 8 ARM prototypes were revealed at Computex 2011 in Taipei. The ARM processors are designed for ultra-mobile devices with touch technology, such as tablets, slates and smartbooks. It should be noted, however, that despite the new UI, new form-factors and support for new generation of low-power CPU’s does make “Windows 8” look like a new OS, yet it will remain compatible with existing Windows 7 computers and applications.

Developers who are interested specifically in developing Windows 8 applications should visit the //Build/ Windows conference in Anaheim (USA) from September 13–16, 2011, which was announced at the same time. And/or come to the new and jam-packed Swiss TechDays again in Berne from October 20–21. Further information and schedule to follow.

As you can see, there will be plenty of new developments surrounding Microsoft after the summer vacation, and products such as Office365, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, Hyper-V and the Windows Phone Mango will not be standing still. If you want to stay in the loop before the next newsletter in early August, visit our MSDN portal, read our MSDN blog or simply follow us on Twitter!


Enjoy today’s MSDN Newsletter,

Ian Rothwell
Online Editor - Developer Platform, Microsoft Schweiz GmbH

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