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December 21, 2015

Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 Version 1511 Update – new videos now available on Channel 9

We’re happy to announce that the video recordings from last weeks’ Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 live event are now available on-demand on Channel 9. This half day event is an addendum to the existing Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 video series and covers new features for developers in the Version 1511 release and the corresponding Windows 10 Build 10586 SDK.

The opening video, What’s New for Developers in Windows 10 Version 1511 and the 10586 SDK, brings us up to date with the Windows 10 story so far, from the initial release last summer of Windows 10 for desktop, laptop and convertibles and also for IoT devices such as the Raspberry Pi 2 and the Minnowboard Max, to the present release of the Version 1511 update.

Most significant in the Version 1511 update is the release of Windows 10 Mobile for phones and small tablets. This includes the new Continuum for phone, allowing modern devices such as the Lumia 950 and 950 XL to drive an attached screen such as a monitor or TV, in much the same way as a dual monitor setup for desktop PCs.

Along with phone support, there is also the new Build 10586 SDK which includes minor updates and bug fixes to the original 10240 SDK, and also a number of new APIs such as support for Bluetooth device pairing, Jump Lists attached to tiles, app listings in the Start Screen, and more.

Take a look at the new videos:

  • What’s new for developer’s in Windows 10 Version 1511 and the 10586 SDK – Andy Wigley and Shen Chauhan take you through a quick review of Windows 10 momentum, then an introduction to Continuum for phone. We explore the new Build 10586 SDK and review some of the updated UWP samples on Github, then explain how developers should version their apps to decide whether to target 10240, 10586 or both, and how to correctly program version-dependent code. Finally, we look at the new tools and packages in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.
  • Building Apps for Continuum – Liz Threlkeld joins Andy to take a deeper look at what it takes to build apps to run on the connected screen in Continuum for phone. For most developers, there are no specific extra steps needed, just create an adaptive UI for your UWP app and you are good to go. We provide recommendations on scaling assets and look at those special cases where you want to create an app that runs on both displays at the same time.
  • Creating fluid and beautiful UI using the new Visual Layer – This API is one of the most exciting new features in the Build 10586 SDK. Formerly in preview in the original 10240 SDK, this API is now final and ready for use in your apps. Paul Gildea and John Serna from the engineering team show how to utilize new lightweight Visuals, Animations, Effects, and Manipulations to easily create smooth and highly scalable UI experiences for Windows 10 devices.
  • Moving beyond passwords and credential theft with Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello – Microsoft is on a mission to do away with passwords and instead replace them with more secure two-factor authentication techniques based on your device and a pin code or biometrics such as face, iris, or fingerprint recognition. Rajen Kishna joins Andy to explain how it works and how you can use these modern authentication techniques not only to log onto your Windows 10 devices but also to provide authentication for your UWP apps. The sample used in this video is available on GitHub.
  • Windows 10 for Business: Publishing apps to the Windows Store for Business – A major goal for Version 1511 is to provide essential Windows 10 features for enterprises. Windows 10 machines can now be set up using workplace or education identities backed by Azure Active Directory. Accompanying that, the new Windows Store for Business provides great facilities for enterprises to manage and distribute apps for their employees, and allows app developers to distribute their apps to business and education customers. Shen Chauhan returns in this video to walk through how it works.

Don’t forget, these videos supplement the existing Developer’s Guide to Windows 10 series, where you can find in-depth videos on everything you need to know to build great UWP apps for Windows 10. We hope you enjoy the series and if there is something else you’d like us to cover, please comment!