1Build 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.
2The Opportunity on Windows Has Never Been Greater
3Developers Can Bring What They Know to Windows and Start Building Apps
5Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8 SDK
Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) at Build 2012. The new Windows Phone SDK provides fast, familiar tools that allow developers to build apps and games for Windows Phone 8 with Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone, Expression Blend, the Windows Phone Emulator, Profiler and Store Test Kit.
6Expanded Windows Azure Mobile Services Support
7The Cloud Is Just the Cloud
Microsoft discussed the benefits of its Windows Azure cloud without delving into the old platform as a service (PaaS), versus infrastructure as a service (IaaS), versus whatever as a service. Instead, Microsoft simply spoke about how developers can take advantage of the capabilities of Windows Azure for a variety of things. In short, the Azure platform performs many functions, but to Microsoft, the cloud is just the cloud.
8Preview of Windows Azure Store
Microsoft announced a preview of the Windows Azure Store, which includes a catalog of app services, ranging from monitoring and scaling, to mail delivery to databases. You can check out the preview at www.windowsazure.com/store.
9Expanded Language Support in Windows Azure
10Windows Azure Serves as the Back End for Halo 4
11Team Foundation Service (TFS) Availability
Microsoft announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2012 Team Foundation Service (TFS), a modern application lifecycle management tool, is now officially available and will be free for teams of up to five people. Team Foundation Service includes agile project planning and management tools, version control, build automation and continuous deployment automation.
12Windows Store Showcases Big Names
13Windows, Windows Phone More Closely Align
14Microsoft Can Throw a Mean Developer Bash
Microsoft hosted the Build 2012 conference on its campus at the company headquarters in Redmond, Wash. Although it was a success, the logistics were a bit off for some. The main buildings, where sessions were held, were across the freeway and required shuttle buses or a 20-minute walk. However, Microsoft constructed one of the largest tents in North America on its Redmond campus to host the thousands of developers attending Build 2012, which sold out in less than an hour. The tent spanned approximately 12 NBA basketball courts.
Last but not least, the key takeaways (or were they giveaways) from Build 2012 were the Microsoft Surface RT tablet PCs and the Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones all paying attendees received at the event.