Windows 10 for Developers: What’s New in Universal Apps


Universal Windows apps let developers build apps that share a maximum amount of code across a wide range of devices, including smartphones, phablets, tablets, laptops, desktops, hybrids, 2-in-1’s and even servers. Universal apps can be built natively using either HTML+Javascript, or XAML with C#, VB or C++. Windows 10 is the final destination for convergence with “One Windows across all devices”, adapting itself to the device form factor to provide the optimum capabilities and user experience. Windows 10 improves on this model with the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) that lets you build a single binary across all Windows 10 platforms, even Xbox One, Windows on Devices and HoloLens. Join us for this overview session as we explore new features for developers in Windows 10, including code sharing, targeting specific devices and API contracts, Visual Studio 2015 tooling, new APIs, and also what’s new with our favorite virtual assistant: Cortana. We have finally arrived! One code base, one binary, countless Windows devices to run it on. Come learn about the opportunities, and discover how to build apps for 1 Billion Windows users!

Nick Landry

Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a mobility pioneer and former entrepreneur specializing in cross-platform mobile app development for Windows, iOS and Android devices. Nick works at Microsoft as a Senior Technical Evangelist in the New York Metro area. He spent most his career in IT consulting, software and services companies across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software products and solutions for the world’s top brands and Fortune 500 companies.

Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide, was a 10-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Windows Phone Development, and a Nokia Developer Ambassador & Champion. With over 23 years of professional experience, Nick is a certified developer and software architect by trade and specializes in Cross-Platform Mobility, GIS, Cloud, IoT and Mobile Game Development. He is an active blogger, occasional author, avid gamer, loving husband and proud father.