Microsoft opens registration for day-long Windows Phone developer summit

Microsoft opens registration for day-long Windows Phone developer summit

Summary: Microsoft has opened registration for what's now will be a single-day Windows Phone developer summit on June 20.

TOPICS: Windows

Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer Conference has been trimmed from a two-day to a single-day event. Registration for the June 20 Windows Phone Summit is open as of June 4.

In early May, Microsoft announced plans for a two-day Windows Phone Developer Summit. At that time, Microsoft said more information on registration for the conference would be available "in the coming weeks." A number of developers have been asking me in the past week or two if the conference was cancelled, since there was no additional information available.

Interestingly, today's updated invitation doesn't call the one-day event a developer summit; it's simply labeled as a "sneak peek" of the future of Windows Phone. But it is still definitely for developers.

According to Microsoft, "invited developers" can complete the registration process at Registration is limited, but the event will be open to everyone via a webcast on Microsoft's Channel 9 at

Microsoft officials haven't said publicly what will be on the Windows Phone Summit agenda. But given the timing and tips from various sources, it seems that the Windows Phone 8 operating system, codenamed Apollo, will likely be the star of the show. The latest invite says the conference will be about "the future of Windows Phone," making the Apollo focus a strong likelihood.

Earlier this year, there were some major leaks as to what Microsoft was planning to deliver as part of the feature set for the next version of the Windows Phone OS. Among the planned features:

* Support for multicore processors * Support for four new screen resolutions * Support for removable microSD card storage * Support for NFC and an associated “Wallet Experience” * Inclusion of core Windows elements, including kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia support * New data-tracking capabilities, showing users a breakdown of their data consumption by various networks * Use of a proxy server to deliver pages more efficiently and quickly to Internet Explorer 10 Mobile * Addition of native BitLocker encryption and Secure Boot * A separate but improved Skype application, but not integration of Skype into the operating system * Replacement of the Zune PC client software with an update mechanism more akin to ActiveSync. (The new update mechanism is codenamed Daphne, according to one of my contacts.)

Microsoft officials have continued to decline to say whether existing Windows Phones will be able to run the Windows Phone 8 operating system. My contacts said earlier this year that this would not be the case, as did unnamed sources speaking to The Verge.

Microsoft also has shared previously a few tidbits about its Windows Phone OS 8 developer strategy. Microsoft is believed to be looking to unify its PC and phone developer ecosystem, and is expected to alter its current Windows Phone toolset and guidance to mirror that offered for Metro-Style apps for Windows 8.

Microsoft officials have said that existing Windows Phone apps will run on Windows Phone 8 devices, and that Microsoft will continue to support XNA to some degree with Windows Phone 8. They’ve been vaguer about plans for Silverlight support for the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Last month, Nokia -- Microsoft's closest Windows Phone OEM partner -- announced it was nixing its planned Nokia World 2012 conference, which had been slated for Helsinki in late September. Instead, Nokia will hold a number of smaller, more focused conferences for specific audiences, starting with an invitation-only event in early September for its operator and retail partners.

Topic: Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Why bother making WP8 Apps?

    Why would anyone make WP8 apps anymore? The whole reason WP7 has a *relatively* healthy number of apps on it (nearing 100,000) relative to the total number of actual users, is that the tooling made it EASY to make apps. Now that the awful Win8 tooling is coming to Windows Phones, what's the point? If WP8 apps require HTML, might as well move over to doing iPhone apps using PhoneGap. Why waste time with WP8 and its continued woeful marketing share
    • You have no clue what you're talking about

      > Now that the awful Win8 tooling is coming to Windows Phones

      You mean the best development tools for any platform bar none... yea... those are coming. You really have no clue what you're talking about.

      >If WP8 apps require HTML, might as well move over to doing
      > iPhone apps using PhoneGap.

      Again... you have no idea what you're talking about. You can build Windows 8 apps in html+javascript, C++, or C#... you pick which one. There is no one forcing anyone to use HTML.
      • ummm

        Actually, I know a whole lot more than you do. Trust me, the C#/XAML story on Win8 is an afterthought. It is half-baked with no prospect of improving.
      • shut up

        Please don't try to sound like you know what you are talking about, when all you are doing is parroting back lines from MS.

        Once you actually dive into using the tools, you'll understand that Expression Blend (the primary tool for creating XAML) is now crap and totally useless.

        C#/XAML apps have choppy scrolling compared to HTML/Javascript.

        Please, get a clue, and STFU.
    • Speculation

      Although Windows 8 has a new development platform, and Windows Phone 8 has been said to be based on parts of Windows 8, we have not been told that the development platform is one of those parts. We have been told that the WP7/7.5 programming model *will* be part of WP8, so even if W8's is there too, no one has to use it.

      My guess is that you won't be able to use the W8 programming model in WP8. Look how many months ago they revealed the W8 programming model, in order to get devs to get their apps ready by the W8 release later this year. WP8 is also coming this year, but we haven't heard hardly anything about it yet; there would hardly be enough time for devs to switch to the new W8 model for WP8.
      • From what I've read WP 8 will be Window RT

        WP 8 will be Window RT, in order to avoid too much "fragmentation". If Microsoft were to try and support 3 different flavors of Window 8, plus legacy OSs, Like the last ever version of Windows (Windows 7). They could not afford to house that many people in Bangalore.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
    • I stoped reading your comment at "... If WP8 apps require HTML"

      You don't even know what you're talking about
  • the only issue is that

    the registration line is moot because nobody is calling to register for "the event"
    The Linux Geek
  • Can't be good for early adopters

    Or WP 7 adopters at all. I know all the Microsoft, and Nokia employees will get upset over me typing this. But Microsoft looks to be "zuning" WP 7 adopters, much like the plays for sure fools.
    Jumpin Jack Flash
    • To all the Microsoft/Nokia employees

      You should be upset with your employers, not people that have heard the truth. If your employers would have stepped up and said something either way this issue would go away. It's the failure of two multibillion dollar corporations, to answer simple questions that should be the focus of your anger, not some retired guy laughing at them.
      Jumpin Jack Flash
      • This coming straight from the mouth of a Google employee

        So, I see you're still sticking with your imaginary world, where everyone here in defense of MS is an employee of Microsoft or Nokia, as in your world [b]nobody[/b] likes or users their products, so if you speak for MS, it's clearly obvious that everyone's working for them.

        Well, I guess two can play the imagination game -

        William Farrel
      • Willy the Troll

        If not fr the fact that your employer is Microsoft, you'd have been banned already.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
      • i think most early adopters will be ready for a hw refresh anyway

        So not a big deal to them.
        Johnny Vegas
      • Johnny Vegas

        Many of these people will still be under contract, and would have to pay an extremely high ETF to try WP 8. Someone having recently purchased a non-upgradable phone (cough, cough, Lumia, cough) might not be happy paying $350+ the cost of a new phone for WP 8.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
  • Looks like WP is getting some features thats been around, But ...

    I though the big promise of WP was it doesn't need multicore cpu that was the big thing about it..

    WP people was saying "its not bloated it runs smooth on single core, don't need multicore like the other 'Bloated' phone os's" ..
    Anthony E
    • Straw man

      > I though the big promise of WP was it doesn't need multicore cpu
      > that was the big thing about it..

      Way to setup a straw man there... no one ever said that.

      Still my 2 year old WP7 device is faster than my father's latest Android device and I don't spend all day shutting down apps and rebooting. When you base your phone OS on Java what do you expect but crap?

      WP8 will be that much better with more cores.
      • WP7 runs better on a single core than ics does on a quad core

        But still if you're positioning your smartphone os to be able to be a desktop replacement where you just walk up, set it on an inductive charging pad, and it pairs to the wireless keyboard mouse and display and becomes a full desktop, then you're gonna want CPU headroom for that scenario. MS is enabling the future with WP8.
        Johnny Vegas
    • It's true...

      ...for current WP's. Dual core is not needed for the OS or any of the built-in apps. However, to support more sophisticated games and the expected radness of the PureView camera multiple cores will be needed. I went to a Verizon store two weeks ago and every single Android phone on the floor stuttered on basic operations. WP doesn't do that.
    • Not Quite

      The promise of WP is the experience. That experience runs fine on single processors today. There's no reason to not expect that future apps will be able to deliver something that multiple processor support will be useful for, so it makes sense to prepare for it. Having a smooth-running phone doesn't negate the possibility that apps will do something in the future for which multiple processors are useful.
  • Any Word on Software?

    Most of the 'leaked features' are hardware- or OS core-related. Any exciting new features or apps we've heard about yet? I'm hoping for multiple calendar support, for instance.