Windows 8 MSDN Webcast Series – Building Metro Style Apps

Some colleagues and I have just started a new series of one-hour MSDN webcasts focused on many aspects of developing Metro style apps for Windows 8.

The series launched yesterday, but all sessions will be made available as on-demand recordings.  (I’ll update this post as they are.)  Thanks to Jaime Rodriguez for the original post.

Update – The webcasts have been recorded and there is a series home page on Channel 9.

Click on the session titles below to watch.  You can also download Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 Express Beta to help follow along.

Enjoy the series!


[Last Update: 7/6/2012]

Introduction to the Windows 8 platform and the Windows StoreJennifer Marsman
Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined! Join this session to learn about the new platform for building Metro-style applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We will also discuss the enormous opportunity for developers to make crazy money with the Windows Store. You will walk away with the resources to begin writing Metro applications for Windows 8.

Designing apps with Metro style principles and the Windows personalityChris Bernard
Metro style design has a set of five guiding principles to help you make the best choices when designing your app. These principles are the foundation for building great Metro style apps. Consider these principles as you plan your app, and always ensure your design and development choices live up to these principles.

Building Metro style apps with XAML: What .NET developers need to knowJohn Wiese
If you are experienced with .NET or Silverlight and are already familiar with XAML, this session will teach you everything you need to know to create a Metro style app for Windows 8. This session will cover updates to familiar features and explore concepts that are new for Windows 8. We’ll talk about building reusable Windows Runtime Components in C#, Async programming in Windows 8 and both the Visual Studio and Expression designers. This session will show you how to turn your XAML skills into money-making Metro style apps.

What HTML developers need to know about coding Windows 8 Metro style appsMichael Palermo
This session is perfect for any web developer wanting to leverage his/her skillset to develop Windows 8 Metro style apps. The session begins by proving how much web developers already know about building apps for Windows 8. The focus then turns to how to write JavaScript code with WinJS. Key points for Metro style app development will be highlighted by implementing popular feature requests using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

Win as One: How Contracts in Windows 8 Help You Build a Killer Metro AppG. Andrew Duthie
Contracts are agreements between Windows and your Metro style app that allow you to integrate Windows 8 features into your app. For example, Windows 8 lets users share content from one application to another by using the Share contract. In this session, you'll learn how contracts work and how to implement the built-in contracts such as Search, Share, Settings, and More. With Contracts, you can help users get more out of your app, and in a way that is consistent and intuitive, and they will reward you by coming back to your app again and again.

Bring Your Windows 8 Metro Style Apps to Life with Tiles and NotificationsChris Bowen
Tiles and Notifications are important ways to draw attention to your app and improve your users' experiences. Tiles can draw users back into your app when your tile comes to life on Start screen. They can also let users personalize their Start screen by creating deep links to specific places within your app. Notifications, delivered through the Windows Push Notification Service, can inform and draw your users back into your app even when it's not running. In this session, you will learn how to effectively implement Tiles and Notifications to help your apps shine.

Building Windows 8 Metro style casual games using HTML 5
David Isbitski
The intent of this session is to help HTML5/JavaScript developers with writing their first Metro Style App in a fun, immersive way. We will cover the basics of HTML5 Canvas gaming and how we can easily bring it to Windows 8. We will then add additional game functionality as we introduce HTML5 Audio, CSS3 styling and web fonts, implementing a game loop with JavaScript, 3rd party frameworks, touch, camera, accelerometer, and WinJS controls.