Windows 2011 Build Conference - Some quick notes by Rob Chandler
Metro is the name of the new style UI for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.
Very touch centric but just as good with keyboard and mouse.
Here are some shots from the Build 2011 Image Gallery ...
Swipe up to log in...
They reserve a 1 px wide border of screen pixels so that swipe in works.
From 2011 Build keynote: http://www.buildwindows.com/ (View the full 2.5 hr video presentation)
Build Video Gallery http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/build/videoGallery.aspx
Build (formally PDC) is Microsoft's biggest developer event run each year where new products are unveiled.
Read a report on the keynote: http://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2011/09/13/windows-8-keynote.aspx
Build Metro style UI - Program in what you want: HTML5/JS; XAML; C#/.NET; C++
Visual Studio 11 supports building Metro style apps.
Expression Blend can now output in HTML 5 as well as XAML. Shown here a stack of new Metro controls.
Metro UI is powerful... EG. A generic photo picker can leverage any metro based photo viewer installed.
Metro code example ran on Windows Phone 7 with an additional line of code.
Metro apps you build will run on any form-factor Windows 8 PC (including those with ARM & 8660 processors).
Windows 8 hardware notes:
New copy dialog. You can pause copy jobs to give others priority.
Windows 8 built in USB3 support (bottom copy) is fast.
The batteries are now larger than the PC
This Toshiba ultra-light under 2.5 lbs. Notice the RJ45 and Video D connector is thicker than the PC.
Many partners to do all different hardware components.
With Dock you get access to USB / Mouse / second monitor / charging.
They had a warehouse of 5000 in stock to give away at build.
TaskManager completely revamped.
Now background apps can be fully "suspended" (0% processor).
App History .. Walk up to any machine and see what apps are sucking away resources.
Scenario: Clean install ... How to get back to that clean state.
New feature: Reset and Refresh
"Reset" is like reformatting and reinstalling. All data is lost. PC all setup for next person.
Windows performance tests used inhouse now available for download. "Windows Deployment Kit".
Remote DT handles touch.
Hyper-V now runs in the Windows8 client. So create and run virtual drives and virual OSs on Win8.
And easily mount .VHD and .ISO files. ISOs mounted as DVD drives.
(rob: but will they stay mounted after boot? Hopefully yes - this was half baked in Win7)
On metro start screen just start typing (eg. "cmd") and you will find the app you need,
Command Shell .. Run as Admin options etc can be found by right-clicking the app.
KB Shortcut: Ctr+Shift+Enter will run as elevated
Here we right-clicked VS 11 tile to get startup options.
KB Shortcut: Windows+C = brings up the "charm menu"
KB Shortcut: Windows+F = brings up the "search"
Windows+Z = to bring up the applications app bar
Or run the normal desktop style.
Any PC you connect to your live account can be accessed.
Windows Interns build a stack of Windows 8 sample apps.
Beta Updates - Will see updates even though its pre-release.
#1 focus on quality.
Download Beta available tonight. No activation required. No support.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/home/ -- Download PDF of Developer Preview Guide
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516 -- Download ISO images of Win8 install
Unfortunately there is no Windows 8 option.
If you create a new VM under Windows/Windows 7 64bit you slam into this error...
Or create a VM using Other 64 bit...
Then an endless loop of reboots....
The trick is to create a "Windows 7 64-bit VM" and then select "I will install the operating system later" option (at the bottom of the Guest Operating System Installation screen).
Once you hook the VMs DVD drive up to that Windows 8, 64-bit 5 GB developer .ISO (requires a 64-bit Host OS) and reboot everything installs as it should.
I'm still use the trial VM Ware Desktop 8; Not sure if this fix will work for VM Ware 7.x.
I had no problem installing the VM Extensions under Win 8 Developer Preview.
Note: Other people have had success using VirtualBox and Hyper-V.