Microsoft has finally posted the Build Session list over at Channel 9. Go check it out! Interestingly there is only 1 session listed for Xbox (on Smart Glass), I’m guessing we will not see too much new stuff regarding Xbox at BUILD. There are 7 sessions listed for IE11.  Should be lots of great IE stuff shown at BUILD.  Will IE11 come to Windows 7? Session Title Summary 2-066 New IE Developer Tools. F12 developer tools have been completely re-imagined for IE11. 2-067 New Platform Capabilities for Advancing Web Development Learn how to take advantage of the latest Web technologies, interoperably. 3-068 Web run-time performance Learn new techniques for analyzing and improving site performance. 3-069 Web Compatibility and Same Markup Build sites that provide great experiences across modern browsers. 3-071 Lighting up your site on Windows 8.1 Leverage the power of the Windows platform to create amazing sites. 4-072 Hyper-fast ...

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Microsoft announced the upcoming Build 2013 conference last week. In the Build 2013 conference, Microsoft will share updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more. To make sure everyone knows what we’re planning and can participate in this rapidly growing ecosystem, I’m pleased to announce and personally invite you to our next developer conference, Build 2013, which is taking place June 26-28, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s been a while since our last developer event in the Bay Area, and we’re looking forward to a fantastic gathering. The registration is now open, register before it gets over. Register yourself at http://www.buildwindows.com/ ...

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In the above video we have Microsoft’s Avi Ben-Menahem demonstrating the Xbox Live features of Windows 8. Xbox Live on Windows 8 will support cross-platform multiplayer and will be more open to developers than on Windows Phone 7, meaning more games will be Xbox Live enabled. According to Ben-Menahem, Xbox Live on Windows 8 will bring "everything you know and love on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live to Windows." Via GeekWire and Engadget.com ...

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Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer preview available for download some time last night.  Today, around 12 hours later, Steve Ballmer has revealed at BUILD that more than 500,000 copies of the 3 GB operating system has been downloaded.  Noting that Microsoft expected to ship 350 million copies of Windows 7, and that at least 500 million Windows 7 PCs will be upgradable to Windows 8, he said: “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” he said. “To me this all adds up to an unprecedented time of opportunity for developers.” Windows 8 presents a great opportunity for developers to sell updated Metro versions of apps which already exist for Windows 7 and below, creating (for developers) the fortunate environment of a massive installed base with few apps ...

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Long Zheng from istartedsomething.com have deciphered some of the “Few things we did’nt get to show” Sinofsky flashing at the BUILD keynote yesterday. They include: Integrated load balancing – if you have multiple active network connections, Windows 8 will intelligently balance the network traffic between them for performance Stereo 3D video and gaming – would suggest native support for stereoscopic display output too Easy discover apps that support a language – would suggest Windows Store will allow browsing by language Filter apps that are accessible – similar to above, for applications that are accessible Start background – there will be the ability to change the Start background (not possible in developer preview) Create Live ID in Windows OOBE – users without Live IDs will be able to create one at the Windows setup Phone as Smartcard – the ability to use Windows Phone as an authenticator for login? Communication over SMS on my PC – the ability to send and ...

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Major Nelson has posted this screen shot of the Xbox Live user interface on Windows 8. It appears to be near identical to the UI on the Xbox 360, and given the power of the processors and GPU on the tablets there is at least some potential for the blockbuster titles on the console to come to the tablet also. Major Nelson also posted that ”Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices” suggesting it will form the centre of the entertainment experience on Windows 8 tablets. Read more at MajorNelson.com here. Via Winrumors.com ...

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webOS users must be furious at Microsoft for stealing their Tap to Share trademark and functionality, but I am sure everything will be worked out in the end. In the above clip from today’s BUILD Windows 8 keynote we have a demo of Near Field Communication (NFC) on Windows 8, where a tap with a NFC-enabled card transfers a URL to Windows 8, which is then able to act on it. The technology is expected to find more use in when NFC-enabled phones become available, possible even running Windows Phone 7 ...

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According to the folks at the My Digital Life forum Microsoft will be handing out Build 81xx of Windows 8 to developers at BUILD in Anaheim tomorrow. Unlike previously however it is also believed this software will also be made more widely available, with the official BuildWindows8 account tweeting: “… getting the pre-release bits …. will be easy and not a secret” Hopefully what will be released will also be pretty fully featured, to give us a clear idea of what to expect when the OS is released towards the end of next year. Via Neowin.net. ...

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The excitement is building for Microsoft’s BUILD conference running from the 13th to 16th September at Anaheim.  At the Windows event we mainly expect to see most of the features, functionality and user interface of Windows 8 being released.  Here is what we expect to see. We expect to see the Windows 8’s Immersive UI’s developer paradigm being revealed, and at present all bets is on HTML5, with Microsoft saying all the way in June ““On day one, when Windows 8 ships, hundreds of millions of developers will already know how to develop for it.” We fully expect Microsoft’s Windows 8 app store to be revealed. Internet Explorer 10 should be another shoe-in, with the browser likely being the backbone for the whole “immersive” user interface. Updates to the Windows 8 desktop UI will also be shown off, including the new Explorer with its new Ribbon-based UI. We also expect ...

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Samsung’s Series 7 tablet announced recently Microsoft is expected to lift the shroud around Windows 8 fully next week at its BUILD conference, and there are strong rumours of a developer beta of the OS being released. However with Windows 8 also being a touch-centric tablet OS a software beta would be useless without some hardware to run it on.  According to Korea Economic Daily, citing an industry source,  Microsoft will be handing out a Samsung-produced tablet running Windows 8 at conference. According to the source "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company’s first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices.” Samsung announced its Series 7 Windows 7 tablet at IFA last week, and its rumoured Windows 8 tablet may have the same form factor. BUILD runs from September 13-16. Via Yahoo.com ...

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