Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 26 and our speaker will be Olof Hellman, a lead software design engineer from Microsoft.
Olof will talk about some of the big engineering challenges involved in developing Office apps (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel etc) for the iPad platform. The talk will include relevant app-development topics such as user experience design issues pertaining to the Office apps for iPad etc. He'll also talk about other development topics relating to Microsoft's Mac Business Unit.
In addition to the planned topics, Olof will also take questions on all topics relating to the development of Microsoft's Office apps for the iPad. (If you're interested in any specific topics, please feel free to post a comment below. You're also welcome to ask new questions at the meeting without posting comments here). See below for a summary of the talk from Olof.
NOTE: Everyone who attends this meeting will be able to enter a drawing for a free ticket to http://cocoaconf.com/seattle-2014/ (a Developer Conference for iPhone, iPad and Mac Developers). (Anyone who attended last month's meeting will get a second entry for the drawing if they attend this month's meeting.)
The final drawing (for the free CocoaConf ticket) will be held at this meeting (i.e. the June 26 meeting)
Microsoft Office for iPad
I’ll cover various topics related to the release of Office for iPad. A little history of the MacBU unit and an overview of our codebase and processes. Our target customer and highest value scenarios. Making trade-offs between the platform experience and the Office Suite experience. Some of the big engineering challenges in delivering the Office apps on iPad. And how it is that a longtime Mac developer can feel right at home in the heart of Microsoft.
Lead Software Development Engineer
The meeting starts at 7pm and it will be held in the first floor conference room 101 of Thinkspace in downtown Redmond ( http://thinkspace.com/about/location/ )
Thinkspace is a 2-minute walk from the Redmond transit center. So if you’re coming over from downtown Seattle, you can take the bus (ST Express 545) to get here quickly.
Alternately, if you drive, parking is free.
Ram (fwiw, in the 90s, I was an SDE lead at Microsoft working on developing Office :)
After the meeting, a subset of attendees (typically 5-10 people) head to a nearby Irish pub/restaurant (JJ Mahoneys)