Build 2011 News and Views Round-Up: Windows 8, Windows Server 8, Visual Studo 11 and More
Microsoft's developer-centric conference is wrapping up from Anaheim, Calif.., with the stars of the show being the unveiling of Windows 8, which takes Microsoft's OS interface in a drastically different direction. Also making waves was all the Windows Server 8 talk, with a large focus of its development placed on cloud optimizaton, while Azure and the next version of Visual Studio made their presences felt.
Miss anything? Catch up with all the news and commentary from Redmondmag.com and sister sites that came out of Build:
Windows 8 Details Unveiled at Build Event - In general, Microsoft officials describe Windows 8 as a 'reimagining' of its operating system, although the tile-based UI looks a lot like the one seen in the Windows Phone 7 mobile OS.
- Sinofsky Spotlights Windows 8 in Build Keynote - Sinofsky said Microsoft focused on creating a "fast and fluid" experience in Windows 8, while emphasizing the richness that can occur when applications become fully aware of each other.
- Developers Given Samsung Windows 8 Tablets at Build - This device will work as both a developer and a consumer machine -- code can be written with it, while app usage and general functionality remains intact.
- Windows 8 Dev Preview Now Available for Download - According to Sinofsky, Microsoft will be continually updating this developer preview as a "test" of the update technology they'll be using for Windows 8.
- Windows Server 8 Emerges at Microsoft Build Event - Microsoft is making changes in Windows Server 8 to address how cloud or virtualized infrastructures are provisioned to support workloads.
- Microsoft Pushes Windows Azure Services at Build - Data feeds can be monetized through Windows Azure Marketplace, Nadella said, and Microsoft plans to expand this marketplace to 25 new countries in early October.
- Build Keynote Day 2: Developers Take Center Stage - Scott Guthrie and Jason Zander, corporate vice presidents of, respectively, Microsoft's Server and Tools Business and the Visual Studio Team, today headlined some significant developer focused improvements in Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview.