Pete Brown is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, leading the Developer Community team, as well as a former Microsoft Silverlight MVP, INETA speaker, and RIA Architect. Pete’s focus at Microsoft is the community around client application development (Windows 8 XAML, WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Surface, Windows Forms, C++, Native Windows API, .NET Micro Framework, Robotics, and more), with a particular focus on XAML and gadgets. Pete has also authored two popular Silverlight books (Silverlight 4 in Action and Silverlight 5 in Action), and has a Windows 8 XAML book in progress, all with Manning.
By 2020, it is projected that there may be up to 200 billion (yes billion) Internet of Things and Embedded devices in the world. The opportunity for developers here is huge, and goes well beyond the tinkering that typically comes to mind. Microsoft has been involved in the Internet of Things space for decades, both with fully embedded versions of Windows and with products like the SPOT Watch and .NET Micro Framework. This year, IoT has become even more important, with an entire org now dedicated to this effort and with a renewed focus on enthusiasts, education, and businesses. In this talk, see our visiton for IoT, and through demos, learn how to use Visual Studio and Windows on tiny devices like Intel Quark, and Visual Studio and NETMF on devices like Netduino.