Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4) provides you with client and server side capabilities for building complicated apps. In particcular, apps that require long running, asynchronous processes that can coordinate services, update data stores, and notify systems and people of outcomes. In this Microsoft video, they cover the improvements in the next release of Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4). [...]
Another good video from the MSDN Microsoft library. In this code-intensive video session, Microsoft teach what’s next for parallelization with .NET and Visual Studio, diving deep into performance enhancements, new Visual Studio tooling, and new libraries and language support for parallelization and asynchrony. This is a must for Windows 8 developers who plan to use [...]
Microsoft are talking about the next version of RDP and RemoteFX in Windows. These tools extend the rich experiences for the remote desktop user, be it Terminal Server (RDSH), VDI or MultiPoint Server. Customers will be asking their vendors to extend these experiences to new devices and form factors that will lower the cost of [...]
Another video from Microsoft. This one deals with the tradeoffs and technologies that must be considered when building servers, networks and storage for cloud scale data centers. Some of the tradeoffs will include performance, reliability, security, flexible virtual machine deployment, storage architecture selection and interoperability with the existing architecture. Each of these choices affect each [...]
Using Windows 8, you're also able to take advantage of sensors. Windows provides support for developers and manufacturers to take full advantage of light, motion and other sensors. This video from the BUILD conference shows how manufacturers to integrate their sensors with Windows and take advantage of this rich platform. It's presented by Gavin Gear from Microsoft.
Windows 8 will allow you to build applications that can be used across multiple platforms and applications that will be powered by the cloud. There are still questions about how windows 8 will integrate with the cloud. How applications will utilize Azure, how to store data in the cloud and how to build applications that [...]
Another one of the development tools used in Windows 8 is XAML. What is XAML? Microsoft would define it this way: XAML is a declarative markup language. As applied to the .NET Framework programming model, XAML simplifies creating a UI for a .NET Framework application. You can create visible UI elements in the declarative XAML [...]
This is another video from Microsoft in the developing for Metro in Windows 8 series. In Metro, developers and designers have opportunities that haven't been seen in a Microsoft Operating System in quite a long time. They get a lot of flexibility when it comes to development from a user interface perspective - how the [...]