Ok, first, just in case you aren’t familiar with my work – I’m a server/web/cloud guy, not a client guy, so all the hype about Windows 8 and Phone 8 sounds to me like “bla bla bla”. I’m into servers and Windows Azure, so day 2 and on is more to my like than Day 1.
So day 1 began with the keynote where Steve Ballmer did his “shopping channel” appearance, showing the various hardware running Windows 8.
BTW, in the first photo, on the left, you can notice an 82” surface .
Then the keynote continued to showing off the new Windows Phone 8, and the announcement that the SDK has been released, yey (as mentioned, I’m not a client guy).
The rest of the day was mostly Windows 8 / Phone 8 sessions, so I looked for the one session that was about .NET stuff, and found the Entity Framework session which was cool, since at the end of it we saw some of the new features of Entity Framework 6 which was released today in Alpha.
I really like some of the new features, especially the conventions that will make life easier for developers that have to deal with DBAs that are strict about database conventions.
The rest of the day was spent on talking to people about Windows Azure, and checking out our (Sasha Goldstein, Dima Zurbalev, and yours truly) new “Pro .NET Performance” book in the Microsoft Store (4th from the right):
Oh, and we also got some SWAG – a new Windows 8 surface and a Windows 8 phone.
Day 2 and on is server and Azure, so good stuff to come…