Microsoft Build 2012: 15 Critical Takeaways for Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-11-02 Print this article Print
Build Is Here to Stay

Build Is Here to Stay

The Build 2012 conference is only the second Build event Microsoft has held. In 2011, Microsoft held what was supposed to be a one-time developer event focused on Windows, primarily Windows 8, development. And Microsoft insisted that the conference, held last year in Anaheim, Calif., should not be identified as “Build 2011" because there was to be only one Build event and it was not slated to be a replacement for Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Well, Build 2012 happened, and it has been a success. I'd say Build is here to stay.


Microsoft held its second Build conference during the week of Oct. 29 on its Redmond, Wash., campus, where thousands of developers gathered to gain insight on how to build apps for Microsoft's shiny new platforms: Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, among others. Microsoft also gave developers a taste of things to come with Windows Azure by delivering a preview of the new Windows Azure Store and demonstrating how Windows Azure can provide a common back end to power Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. The preview of the Windows Azure Store includes a catalog of app services, ranging from monitoring and scaling, to mail delivery to databases. "We're releasing our Windows Azure Store this week," said Scott Guthrie, a Microsoft corporate vice president. The store is a list of services from Microsoft's partners that users can purchase, including services from the likes of AppDynamics, Aspera and New Relic, among many others. During Day Two of its primary developer conference, Build 2012, here on the Microsoft campus, the software giant gave developers what they've been looking for—lots of code-filled examples of how to move ahead with Microsoft tools and technology. Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools business introduced developers to using Windows Azure as the back end to creating apps for Windows and Windows Phone.  Here are 15 takeaways from the Build 2012 conference.


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