Build 2011: What Have We Learned This Week?

Build 2011: What Have We Learned This Week?

Something I said over the weekend before Microsoft’s Build 2011 conference in Anaheim kicked off: It’s not about the experience; it’s never about the experience. Computing is a process, and what’s important about it is what gets done. This week, a big transition process was started, and a lot got done. And in a few cases, we heard what…

Build 2011: The Two Web Browsers, and Five Other Windows 8 Metro Quirks

Build 2011: The Two Web Browsers, and Five Other Windows 8 Metro Quirks

It’s called “Developer Preview” for a reason: Microsoft wants professional developers to be the first to see its design motif for Windows 8, and the first to start giving feedback before the rest of the world jumps in. Perhaps fortunately, perhaps unfortunately for Microsoft, I also attended the Build 2011 conference here this week

I was a…

Build 2011: Ballmer – ‘We Have a Long Way to Go with Windows 8’

Build 2011: Ballmer – ‘We Have a Long Way to Go with Windows 8’

In a closing word to developers at the Build 2011 conference in Anaheim late this morning, a noticeably slimmer Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer expressed a more subdued level of enthusiasm than we’ve seen from him in the past – still upbeat, but more measured, perhaps more quietly confident. In this more enlightened state, he expressed […]

Build 2011: Microsoft – WinRT is the Windows Platform

Build 2011: Microsoft – WinRT is the Windows Platform

“My experience in talking with developers is that they want to take advantage of these form factors. You know what I’m saying? If you take something that’s not really designed for it, it doesn’t turn out well.” This from Jason Zander, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Visual Studio, in response to a question from one […]

Build 2011: What Is WinRT, and Is Silverlight Dead?

Build 2011: What Is WinRT, and Is Silverlight Dead?

The Windows Runtime library (WinRT) is the principal provider of system services for applications in Windows 8 that will be designed to incorporate the new “Metro” style. Officially it is not a replacement for any part of Windows we have come to know. But it is becoming abundantly clear that use of WinRT in the way it’s intended, including with…