TechEd 2012, Australia

At TechEd 2012 this time it was all about Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. As I am a developer, I attended all the Windows 8 sessions and the AppFest. It was a joy learning about Windows 8 and Metro (which is officially called Mordern UI Sytle) App development at #AppFest.

On Monday I flew early morning from Sydney to Gold cost and went straight to Gold Coast Convention Center for AppFest. The AppFest was hands-on coding time in the ultimate 24-hour hackathon for building Windows 8 apps, before TechEd kicked off. It was great fun and learning experience building an app for Legal Aid NSW office search. I developed this application overnight. Next day, I presented my app on a Samsung tablet with Windows 8 along with many others who did the same.

So this is happening #appfest starting

So this is happening #appfest starting. Photo by Nick Hodge

Legal Aid NSW Window8 App

Legal Aid NSW Window8 App

On AppFest we also watched Nick Hodge from Microsoft doing PSY – GANGNAM STYLE which was a hit.


On Tuesday the Keynote started at 3.00pm by Jason Silva after the AppFest demo. AuTechEd Keynote by Jason Silva.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I decided to attend windows 8 Sessions. Some of my favorites slides and videos of the sessions are following,

Session slides:

Session videos:

If you are interested in building Window 8 Metro apps go to Dev Center – Windows Store apps. Microsoft have an entire site dedicated to Windows 8 Metro style app sample code. Microsoft has released second preview of Programming Windows 8 Apps eBook for free.

Reference links,

Microsoft Tech Australia http://australia.msteched.com/

See all session videos at channel 9

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/msautech

Twitter. MSAUTech – Hashtags: #aumsdn for dev, #autechnet for IT Pro, #auteched for TechEd https://twitter.com/#!/auteched

Linkedin http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Teched-Australia-Tech-Ed-2201091

Diganta Kumar is an experienced Technical Program Manager with a passion for technology. He has architected and developed software for over a decade for a broad range of industries. Diganta is a founder of two online IT businesses. He likes to help, mentor, and manage software development teams to improve and produce great software. He currently works as a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was with AWS for five years, where he managed large cross-functional programs on a global scale.

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