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News from Build 2013


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Presentation to the Sela & Microsoft VP R&D forum on news from Build 2013 and subsequent announcements for developers.

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News from Build 2013

  1. 1. Sela and Microsoft VP R&D Forum September 11, 2013 Dev News from Build Sasha Goldshtein @goldshtn CTO, Sela Group
  2. 2. Directions • RTM August 2013, GA October 2013 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 • Continuous delivery, new features/updates every 2-4 weeks Windows Azure • RTM in Q4 Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 • Big updates coming in VS2013 and subsequent updates Going Native (C++) • In Visual Studio post-2013 .NET Languages vNext
  3. 3. What’s New in Windows 8.1? • Pseudo Start button • Desktop background as Start screen background • Boot to desktop • Slightly modified default search experience • Arbitrary proportions in snapped view Concessions from Windows 8
  4. 4. What’s New in Windows 8.1? • Some more WinRT APIs available to desktop apps (SMS, sensors, geolocation, scanning, capture, local toast notifications, …) • USB, Bluetooth, HID devices (point of sale) • Scanning • 3D printing • Speech synthesis • Contacts and appointments • And miscellanea: HTTP client, PDF export, PlayTo extensions, … Development Platform Improvements
  5. 5. What’s New in Windows 8.1? • New and updated controls: date and time pickers, flyouts, better AppBar buttons, search box, … • True WebView control in the visual tree • Loading WebView resources from dynamic storage (eBooks, …) • Multi-monitor DPI awareness • Enhanced data binding • Custom navigation stack support • Performance improvements in startup and XAML loading XAML Improvements
  6. 6. What’s New in Windows Azure? Dev/Test Offering • MSDN use rights allowed in Windows Azure • Per-minute billing for VMs • No charge for stopped VMs • Super-discounted dev/test rates for Windows Server, SQL Server, BizTalk Server MSDN Credits Model • Professional = $50/mo • Premium = $100/mo • Ultimate = $150/mo • Example: $100 = spin up 80 VMs for 20 hour load test
  7. 7. What’s New in Windows Azure? Mobile Services • Custom API support • Source control support (Git at this time) • Integration with Notification Hubs Mobile Notification Hubs • Blast out push notifications to millions of users • Unlimited tags associated with each subscriber • Support for all four major platforms • Templates so you can push with a single call
  8. 8. What’s New in Windows Azure? Auto-Scale Preview • Set up scale rules for your Web Sites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, and Virtual Machines • Based on CPU % and/or storage queue depth • Can set up different rules for day/night, weekday/weekend Alert Rules Preview • Monitor metrics and send alerts when they are exceeded • E.g., when CPU % for MyVM goes above 95 for five minutes, send an email to all administrators
  9. 9. What’s New in Windows Azure? • Web Sites is GA • Mobile Services is GA • SSL for custom domains in Azure Web Sites • Automatic SQL database exports • Import Virtual Machines from Open Depot • BizTalk Services Preview
  10. 10. What’s New in Visual Studio 2013? The Connected IDE • Haven’t you always wanted to sign in to your Visual Studio?  • Synchronized settings between machines • Easier to get started with Visual Studio • Automatic TFS Online integration • Notification center Productivity • Better auto- completion • IntelliSense and Go To Definition for XAML • More refactorings • Code Lens • Code Maps
  11. 11. What’s New in Visual Studio 2013? New Performance Tools • Memory and performance profiling for JavaScript apps • Power (energy) profiling for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps • Memory leak analysis for all .NET apps • Graphics Diagnostics for Windows Store apps Miscellaneous • Performance improvements • Coded UI Tests for XAML Windows Store apps • More themes
  12. 12. What’s New in .NET 4.5.1? • Just like .NET 4.5 and supposed to be fully backward compatible In-place Upgrade • EventSource support (for ETW) • Explicit LOH compaction during GC • Edit-and-continue for 64-bit code • Better async-aware debugging New Features
  13. 13. Going Native? • Visual Studio 2013 brings us even closer to C++11 conformance and starts introducing C++14 tentative features! • Full C++11 conformance probably in 2-3 subsequent updates • Major features from C++14 will be included first • New feature sampler: • Variadic templates • Initializer lists • Raw string literals • C++ REST SDK (Casablanca) • Better auto-vectorizer and __vectorcall • Much better IntelliSense and code completion
  14. 14. Summary • Fast and accelerating release cadence from most Microsoft groups, including Windows • Some areas seem frozen but there is work under-the- covers • The new Microsoft: more open to feedback and integration with other technologies
  15. 15. Sela and Microsoft VP R&D Forum September 11, 2013 Thank You! Sasha Goldshtein @goldshtn CTO, Sela Group