Today was the start of Microsoft's 2013 //Build/ conference for developers. The event kicked off with a keynote led by the companies CEO Steve Ballmer. The company had some key announcements that sheds light on where Microsoft is going with their Windows 8 ecosystem. Additionally this event is key for Windows 8 developers and the future of apps on Windows 8 devices. Below you will find some quick highlights from the event.
- Start or Boot to Desktop:
- Return of the Start Button
- Users now have the ability to boot up their computers directly to their desktop
- Change Backgrounds:
- Users can now change their backgrounds to match their desktop background.
- Users can set a slide show of photos for their lock screen.
- More Tile Sizes
- Universal Bing Search From Anywhere
- Redesigned App Store
- New Paint and Camera Apps
- New native paint app will feature oil paints, pencils and water colors.
- Updated camera app comes with new features like the ability to capture pictures without closing the shutter.
- Added App Resizing Features
- More Keyboard and Mouse Support
New Facebook & Flipboard apps coming soon!
Xbox One's Kinect Available for $399 Windows Developer Pre-order:
- Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts
- Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release)
- Private access to all API and sample documentation
- A pre-release/alpha sensor
- A final, released sensor at launch
Do these Windows 8 updates excite you? Is this to little to late? Discuss below!