Upcoming Windows 8 events

From: Glen G.
Sent on: Friday, November 2, 2012 4:14 PM

Hi Atlanta Mobile Developers.

 

Just wanted to pass on some upcoming Windows 8 events, virtually and in Atlanta. This is a pretty comprehensive collection of what’s coming up since I don’t want to spam the group, just call attention to these if you’re interested.

 

Microsoft just held its second BUILD conference, highlighting Windows 8 and Windows Phone development. You can watch the tremendously valuable recorded sessions at http://channel9.msdn.com/ Great information on Windows Phone 8 too.

 

This coming Monday is the inaugural meeting of the Atlanta Windows Apps meetup, for people interested in developing and designing Windows 8 apps. The group needs designers especially, so if you know anyone who wants to become a guru in that area, tell them to check it out. If you want to hear more about Windows 8 opportunities, that’s definitely the group to join even if you don’t want to attend the meetups in person yet.

 

I run a weekly open office hours session in Alpharetta (and possibly Atlanta) on Wednesdays called Windows 8 Wednesdays. You can get 1 on 1 time with me to talk about app ideas, get advice on the apps you’re building, and test your apps on touch machines. Check my blog link above to confirm when I’ll be in the office.

 

We also run weekly developer workshops and labs in the Microsoft Store in Lenox Square, most Monday nights. Check out http://msdnevents.com/workshops for details.

 

Not convinced developing Windows 8 apps is worth your time? Check out this blog post by this developer. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kevinash/archive/2012/10/31/my-windows-8-app-approaching-100-000-downloads.aspx

 

This is the stats from my Card Games Chest app for Windows 8 a few days before and after Windows 8 launch.  It’s clearly a hockey-stick pattern, the one that makes investors scream and jump on an opportunity to invest. This app enjoyed a decent[masked] downloads per day before launch, but after Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface were launched I’m getting about[masked] downloads per day, approaching 100,000 very quickly (up 15K to 65K in just a few days). I’m hoping for a million downloads by the end of this year, and I think this is reasonable.

 

Feel free to take advantage of as many resources as you like to learn about Windows 8 and Windows Phone development. Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Glen

Glen G. Gordon
Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

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http://glengordon.name
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