Microsoft Has Planned Some Interesting Developer Sessions Related To Windows Phone 8.1

Build 2014

Earlier today, Microsoft revealed the list of sessions which will be held at BUILD developer conference later this week. It includes several interesting developer sessions focusing on Windows Phone 8.1 platform. Read about some of them below,

Live Tiles Enhancements:

Windows and Windows Phone have a converged Live Tiles platform and development model.  In Windows Phone 8.1 you’ll be able to do great new things with the Tiles Platform and this session is targeted at helping you understand several critical tiles topics.  Specifically, migrating your tiles from a Windows Phone 8.0 app to a Windows Phone 8.1 app and how to best take advantage of the new Tile Templates and scenarios available to you using the converged model on Windows Phone 8.1.

Notification Platform Development on Windows:

Windows and Windows Phone have a converged notification platform and development model starting in Windows Phone 8.1. Come learn what the converged platform means for your existing apps and how to take advantage of the new platform and great new features shared with Windows. You’ll learn about WNS including push and local notifications and about the brand new Action Center and its associated programming model. This session in conjunction with the Live Tiles session will give you everything you need to know about notifications for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps.

Integrating Your App into the Windows Phone Speech Experience
The Windows Phone Speech APIs help you integrate your app into Windows Phone’s new system-wide speech and natural language user experience. In this session we’ll demonstrate how you can extend the phone’s experience allowing users to launch YOUR APP by voice or text using free-form natural language commands. We will also look at how to enable voice-based conversational dialog interactions with users after your app has been launched, summarizing what’s different in the Windows Phone speech APIs.

Find more such sessions after the break. To read about interesting Microsoft related sessions, find this post at

What’s New with Windows Phone Silverlight Apps!

We’ve been doing a lot of work with new converged XAML app support on Windows Phone 8.1, but what about legacy Windows Phone Silverlight XAML based apps? Come learn about all the new features we’ve enabled with Silverlight 8.1. We’ll walk through creating new Silverlight 8.1 apps, upgrading existing Silverlight 8.0 apps and adding new features introduced in our converged XAML app framework. There’s also some app model differences between Silverlight 8.0 and 8.1 apps as well as a few upgrade breaking changes to be aware of when moving your app forward.

New Integration Opportunities with Wallet on Windows Phone

This talk is especially for you if your business has membership cards, coupons, tickets or deals. We’ll be talking about new features for the Wallet that make it easy to get your content onto Windows Phone, even if you don’t have an app. There are new branding opportunities, support for relevant card alerts at the right time and place as well as ability to keep the card current through updates from the cloud. There is an end-to-end experience around travel, from buying a ticket, to checking-in, to getting the boarding pass. Wallet has added cross-platform capabilities such as support for iOS Passes and travel-specific actions in Gmail. There is a new tool you can use to create wallet cards quickly. Come see how you can use our lightweight platform to engage your customers on the next release of Windows Phone. Note: NFC functionality has been decoupled so that apps can now support NFC payments inside their own experiences. It will not be covered in this talk.

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