There was quite a breeze of announcements, chatter and hype following the /BUILD/ conference in September. Replacing the usual PDC event, /BUILD/ heralded the arrival of Windows8 and the new platform framework (Windows Runtime – WinRT) that enables you to target your applications to desktops, tablets and more. The WinRT platform certainly does mean some changes to the development scene, since Silverlight and WPF are consolidated into a new XAML based form rather than separate siblings. Over a number of months many have lamented “the apparent demise of Silverlight”, so armed with the announcements from /BUILD/, I presented my own personal opinion to this, as part of the introduction/briefing to the evening – check out the slides below, although I’m contemplating putting my discussion down in a post soon.

Samsung Series 7 Tablet running Windows 8Derek Lakin from Pixel Lab gave us a tour of Windows8, plus a first look demo at migrating an application to the WinRT platform. For many, it was our first look at the Samsung Series 7 700T tablet in the flesh since this was one of the giveaways at /BUILD/. With Derek demo’ing directly off the tablet it was evident to see that where Windows7 brought touch-ability to the market, Windows8 will bring a touch-first experience to the masses.

If there was ever a repeated term throughout the evening, it was the same one at /BUILD/… “Developer Preview” basically because all this lovely Windows8 stuff is still in preview, despite it appearing to behave like a second wave beta.

Please remember to post any feedback about the evening on twitter using our hashtag #SLUGUK, and thanks for all that came along on the night.

Slide desks from the evening are below, plus Derek has a supporting blog post too.


I normally give a shout out to the other user groups that are running events in the area, so here is an excerpt of those I put into my introductory slides at the start of the evening.

Windows Phone 7 October 25th
London .NET October 25th
Canary Wharf .NET November 2nd
Bing Maps tbd
F#unctional Londoners tbd
SharePoint UK regional dates
UX Sketch Club tbd
The Fantastic Tavern October 12th
DevTank November 2nd

One of the best resources to look at or subscribe to is MSDN Flash.


Slides: Silverlight UK User Group Introduction – by Mark Mann.

Install Microsoft Silverlight


Slides: /build/ round-up – intro to win8 – by Derek Lakin.
Derek has also written a blog post with further pointers here

Install Microsoft Silverlight


With thanks to the cleanup crew that helped to put the EMC meeting rooms back in order —  Paul Stancer, Tony Scott, Matt Lacey plus EMC Consulting for providing venue and beers.

EMC Consulting



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