16 Scenes From The Microsoft Build Conference


The Right (Development) Tools For The Job

Day Two of the conference was all about the new tools for building Windows 8 applications. "This is a huge opportunity for all you developers to lead the way with this transformation," said Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, in a keynote presentation.

Microsoft debuted Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview, an early version of the next release of the development tool set that programmers can use to build applications in the Windows 8 "Metro" style using HTML 5, JavaScript, C#, Visual Basic and C++. Also previewed were new releases of Microsoft .NET 4.5, the Team Foundation Service for collaborative software development, and Windows Azure SDK 1.5.

Microsoft also unveiled a developer preview of Windows Server 8, the next generation of the company's flagship server software, with a range of enhancements for building private cloud applications.



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