Recently, I had the chance to attend Live! 360 in Orlando, Florida, a four-in-one conference with presentations focused on Microsoft development (Visual Studio Live!), SQL server building, developing and managing (SQL Server Live!), SharePoint building, developing, implementing and managing (SharePoint Live!) and Cloud Computing (Cloud & Virtualization Live!).
On the whole, the presentations and keynotes were excellent, with my favourites being:
There are many more, but the list is too long to discus in-depth, so let’s focus on the first three listed above.
I knew of Rocky Lhotka from having read some of his articles, but had never seen him present at a Microsoft conference and I’m pretty happy that it is done now! Looking back on it, Rocky was by far my favourite presenter of the week (I’ve also got to give a mention to Stephen L. Rose – what a great pitch seller!). Rocky was really sticking to his point, was funny and really knew how to keep the crowd focused. He talked about the Windows 8 development platform and how Windows 7 developers will have to adjust their skills to follow the wave. Then, before getting in the code, he talked about the WinRT platform and its languages projections, application models and how development will now be more in sync to avoid performance bottlenecks and enhance the overall responsiveness of our applications. It was a great day.
Keynote: “Windows 8 and the Flexible Workstyle”
After a great day at Rocky’s workshop, I headed to the opening keynote by Stephen L. Rose even though it was late. I was so convinced by his speech that I wanted to throw out my iPad and Galaxy Nexus and buy a Windows 8 Phone and the new Microsoft Surface tablet.
We were also able to make our mind between Surface and Surface Pro and I saw that even Surface is good, Surface Pro is going to be so great! Biggest differences between these two:
Like I said before, Steven L. Rose was so excellent that 10 minutes before the end of his presentation when he announced that he was going to take question from the crowd, I said to myself, “What? Already?”
Presentation: “What’s New in Windows Phone 8 for Developers”
I attended a conference by Nick Landry, a Montreal native who spent the past eight years working in New Jersey. Professionally, I don’t do much mobile development, but I’ve always been really interested in it. That said, I went to his presentation with no real expectations other than to learn a little more about developing for the Windows Phone.
And it was greater than expected! We learned a lot, including what makes Windows Phone 8 so unique and some impressive stats:
A few of you may wonder why people bother to develop apps for the Windows Store when only 2.6% of mobile phone users in 2012 used Windows devices. According to IDC (International Data Corporation), there will be five times more Windows Phone users in the next four years! That’s a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 71.3%, making it by far the largest among all companies.
We than explored the subject more in-depth and learned many new Windows Phone 8 features, including what’s new, what the advantages are for developers, and we also talked a little bit about the update dilemma between WP 7.5 and WP 8. We also learned how it can compile data in the cloud, how the activation policy, the tile templates and sizes work. Finally, we reviewed how it is possible to develop and deploy using whatever technology makes sense, whether it is web-based, email or an app. Great subject, great presenter, I had a great time!
Overall, the quality of the presentations at Live! 360 was simply amazing. I hope to attend next year and share more about Microsoft technologies with you.