Microsoft kicks off //BUILD 2013 developer conference, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, demostrating the Preview of Windows 8.1.
On stage, Steve Ballmer stated that "rapid release" is the new norm for Microsoft and that consumers should expect the rapid updates to Windows and other platforms to continue into the future.
Some of the new features, included in the Windows 8.1 preview are: two new tile sizes (large and small) on the My Start screen, and the ability to sync customizations, apps and files across all your Windows 8.1 devices.
In other words, "if you change your Start screen, install new apps, pin new apps to your Start screen on one PC - all those changes are synced to your other PCs," Microsoft explains.
A single search now brings you results from your PC, your apps, and the web. See results in a clean, graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps. Search, click, do. Find a song and start playing it, or find a video and watch it right away all powered by Bing.
Julie Larson-Green held up the Acer Iconia W3, which is distributed free to attendees and showed off the reading experience with the Nook app version 1.5.
Julie also demoed the new Mail app coming for Windows 8.1 later this year, the new search experience powered by Bing, the redesigned Xbox Music app, new apps from Bing, and seamlessly playing videos from a PC with Windows 8.1 to the Xbox One.
Ballmer announced that Facebook, Flipboard and NFL apps will soon arrive for Windows. "These marquee apps, along with other apps announced as part of the Windows 8.1 update, are testament to the steady momentum of app development for the Windows platform," he said.
Bing also unveiled two stunning new apps of its own, Food & Drink and Health & Fitness, both of which are included in the Windows 8.1 preview.
Also, the Windows Store has been redesigned to a new look and makes it easier to discover and download new apps. Also, included with Windows 8.1 Preview are the new apps that let you do a bunch of cool things. For example, the Camera app can shoot 8 frames per second before, during, and after you push the button. So you never miss a shot.
In the video below Ted Dworkin's shows about the new Windows Store design and opportunities to promote and monetize your apps.
You can now download Visual Studio 2013 and .NET 4.5.1 Previews here.
Microsoft is providing the Windows 8.1 Preview update either from the Windows Store like any other app update, or as a stand-alone ISO that would allow you to set up a dual-boot configuration and install the operating system on a different partition.
To install the Windows 8.1 Preview, go to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on Windows.com, using either any of the follwing links: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=301772, http://prev.windows.microsoft.com/en-001/windows-8/preview-download.
Or, visit Windows Store on your Windows 8 desktop or tablet, and make sure to backup any files you have on your PC or tablet first, before you install the Preview.
TechNet link: http://goo.gl/YDDiA, or download the ISO here and install using the following Product Key: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F.
- Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ for the minimum requirements.
- Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide offer high-level overview of what's new.
- Get new SDKs, tools, and code samples at Windows Dev Center downloads page.
- Product Guide for Developers,
- Feature Guide for feature-by-feature overview with pointers to the new how-to documentation so you can dig in.
- migration guide helps you make the necessary changes to get your app running properly on Windows 8.1 Preview. It also contains helpful tips on how to use Windows 8.1 Preview to improve your app and how to take full advantage of the new features and controls.
- "Retargeting your project in Visual Studio 2013 Preview.
- Handling the various changes made to the WinRT and UI (XAML or HTML) platforms.
- Supporting the new fluid window sizes."
Windows 8.1 Preview has many new features that'll make it easier for you to build rich and powerful apps for your customers. You can get Windows 8.1 Preview by going to http://preview.windows.com and then go to the Windows Dev Center Downloads page to get new SDKs, tools, and code samples.
Also, a new Video Library app for Windows 8, includes over 4,000 videos from the Microsoft Research archives that feature noteworthy research and perspectives from leading tech idols of all stripes.
You'll find some rare gems among them, Knies notes, such as the influential "Messenger Lectures" given by physicist Richard Feynman at Cornell University in 1964.
"Using the beautiful touch interface of Windows 8, the library includes the fascinating Microsoft Research Visiting Speaker Series and hundreds of videos produced to showcase the research that plays such a seminal role in Microsoft products."
Microsoft Research Video Library app is available in the Windows Store.
"You can use the SkyDrive Pro apps to view documents in your SkyDrive Pro folder, select specific content to take offline when you are traveling or have low bandwidth, organize your content by creating new folders, and upload new content and share with others."
Microsoft's Bounty Programs openend for vulnerabilities and bugs in Windows 8.1 Preview and Internet Explorer 11 Preview.
- "Mitigation Bypass Bounty. Up to $100,000 for truly novel exploitation techniques against protections built into Windows 8.1 Preview.
- BlueHat Bonus for Defense. Additionally, Microsoft will pay up to $50,000 for defensive ideas that accompany a qualifying Mitigation Bypass submission.
- Internet Explorer 11 Preview Bug Bounty. Up to $11,000 for critical vulnerabilities that affect IE 11 Preview on Windows 8.1 Preview."
Check out here.