June Meeting - Windows 8 Workshop with Microsoft's Chris Bowen

Where: New Horizions, Albany NY
When: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013, 6:30-8:30PM
Who: Chris Bowen, Microsoft

IMPORTANT: Please note that we will be meeting at New Horizons Albany for this event.  Also note that ideally you will bring a laptop (see details below) for a hands-on opportunity.

Microsoft presents:

In this workshop you will learn how to develop Windows 8 apps based on well-known web service API's such as Twitter, Meetup, ESPN, EchoNest and data from the World Health Organization WHO. Your app could entertain or even change the world. This workshop is great for students, hobbyists and professional developers who want to learn the basics of app development and publish their first app to the store.

This workshop is hands-on, so to get the most out of the event we strongly encourage you to bring your laptop configured with the following:

  1. Mac users only: Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion
  2. Windows 8 (a 90-day evaluation version available here)
  3. Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 (free)

 To publish to the Windows Store you will also need a Windows Store developer account:

  1. If you are a student, use the DreamSpark benefits for a free account
  2. If you are an MSDN Subscriber, use the one-time free account benefit associated with MSDN
  3. Otherwise, the account is $49 per annum, but with your first published app, your cost is covered via the Keep The Cash promotion (subject to Terms and Conditions)!

Lastly, for continued learning and access to other programs focused on Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, we highly recommend signing up for the free App Builder program.

Presenter Bio: 


Chris Bowen (@ChrisBowen) is a Principal Technical Evangelist with Microsoft, based in the Boston area and specializing in Windows 8, HTML5, and game development.  An architect and developer with over 19 years in the industry, he joined Microsoft after holding senior technical positions at companies including Monster.com, VistaPrint, and Staples.  He is coauthor of two books (with Addison-Wesley and WROX) and holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Management Information Systems, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


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