Windows 8 Developer Preview – //BUILD recap

On September 13th Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 for developers in BUILD developer conference. While the said conference was held in Anaheim, US, through the technological developments in the area of VODs, Jyväskylä Student Tech Club was able to spread the word to enthusiastic developers back here in Jyväskylä.

The Event

No dark or rainy autumn night stops us technically intrigued from gathering together to hear about the latest developments in our field. With some twenty developers rounded from the corners of both University of Jyväskylä and Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences we set about recapitulating the highlights of BUILD2011. Jarno Montonen presented Windows Runtime from a .NET developer’s perspective and detailed the architecture setup in Windows 8. Tsuri Kamppuri continued to spark interest among participants with a quick peek at JavaScript’s new role in Windows 8 environment. The session also inspired a good amount of comments and questions among the participants.

What does Windows 8 mean for developers?

In addition to improving the developer experience for traditional desktop applications, Windows 8 introduces a whole new concept of Metro Style apps. Metro Style apps are built on top of the brand new Windows Runtime which provides the developer with the freedom to equally develop with .NET or C++ together with XAML or with JavaScript together with HTML5 and CSS3. Add the new Windows Marketplace and developing for Windows has never been as exciting!

Excellent resources for learning more about Windows 8 are the BUILD sessions at, the Building Windows 8 blog at and Windows Dev Center at


About the author: Tsuri is a bachelor student of Media Engineering from the heart of Finland. While not pushing the boundaries of web as we know it, he blasts through snowy forests on a snowboard.




JarnoMontonenAbout the author: Jarno is a former sports addict, current IT fiend and an Information Systems Development student from Jyväskylä University. On summer he enjoys playing beach volley and rollerblading, on winter he prefers volleyball or snowboarding. But whatever the season or weather, you’ll likely find him between the chair and keyboard, doing some game or mobile development.


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The Finnish Microsoft Student Partners are a group of enthusiastic students, who are interested in technology and all things new, techy and cool!
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