Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition Jump Start

The gadget and devices side of Windows, including 3D printing and the LEGO EV3 platform.
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

HTML and XAML developers, are you ready to start having fun with Windows 8.1? Join Microsoft experts for an on-demand version of the highly successful dive deep into the gadget and devices side of Windows 8.1. Explore 3D printing, the LEGO EV3 platform (and how to use it from Bluetooth and USB), how to get speech out of your modern app, and more. See some exciting demos, and find out about awesome new features in both HTML and XAML. Build on your core skills, take advantage of everything Windows 8.1 has to offer, and dive into the Internet of Things (IoT).

What are the requirements?

  • Understanding of software development fundamentals

What am I going to get from this course?

  • An introduction to the features and capabilities of Windows 8.1 developers can use for building apps and experiences
  • Creating apps with HTML and WebGL
  • Options for speech, camera and microphone
  • 3D printing
  • USB and Robotics
  • Bluetooth
  • Windows Embedded and Assigned Access

Who is the target audience?

  • Software developers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: My First Section

Join Jeff and Pete as they go over some of the exciting new features and capabilities in Windows 8.1. They get a little Hello World action going, explain the technologies they use for building their own first-party apps and experiences, and then introduce the rest of the awesomeness they cover during this event.


HTML, CSS, and JavaScript work together to enable a great first-class app development model on Windows. When you combine these technologies with WebGL and libraries like Babylon JS, you can create amazing apps. See how to put these technologies to great use.


Sometimes it just makes sense to start from your existing HTML experience and add appropriate OS hooks from there. This session covers how to use the new Web App Template to make it easy to create a high-quality Windows-native experience.


PCs have had cameras and microphones seemingly forever. These are useful for far more than just ruining all your baby pictures with retro filters. Explore options for speech recognition and synthesis, and watch Pete and Jeff do a little synthesis of their own.


3D Printing is an exciting technology both for app developers and for consumers. Windows 8.1 is the first operating system to have built-in core support for 3D Printers. Learn the details of the 3D printing APIs, and see them in action.


It wouldn't be a geek event without LEGO and robots! Learn how to interface with LEGO to create the next big thing to take over the world…er…teach robotics to children and friends.


Bluetooth isn't just for those headsets your sales guy still insists on wearing. Come see how to use Bluetooth APIs in Windows 8.1 to do fun things, like control robots and race cars.


Windows runs ATMs, digital signs, kiosks, industrial machines, and more. Windows 8.1 also adds in Assigned Access Mode (kiosk mode). In this session, learn about the various types of Windows Embedded and explore the scenarios they each best support. Get the details on Assigned Access Mode and find out when to use it versus Windows Embedded Industry.


With Windows 8.1, devices like card readers and barcode scanners can be incorporated into solutions for retail, medical, inventory, and much more. In this session, see how to use those new capabilities in your own apps.


Jeff and Pete share some performance tips and tricks for both XAML/CS and HTML/JS, demonstrate their performance profiling tools, and then wrap up for the day.

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