@Joel: Thanks for the feedback. I will try and keep things on track in future episodes. :)
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Robert Green is a Technical Evangelist in the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group at Microsoft. This is his second stint at Microsoft. From 2005 to 2010 he was a Sr Consultant with MCW Technologies, focused on developer training. He authored or co-authored a number of Visual Studio and .NET courses for AppDev (www.appdev.com). Prior to that, in his first stint at Microsoft, he was in Developer Tools marketing and then Community Lead on the Visual Basic team.
@bitFlinger: With the Cordova extension, you can build Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android apps. To build Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps, you have to be running Windows 8. If you have Windows 7, you could only build iOS and Android apps.
@bitFlinger: You need Windows 8 to build Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. See the requirements for the Phone emulator here. To build Windows 8 apps, you could use a Win 8 VM. But that won't work for Phone apps.
You can build iOS and Android apps with the Xamarin tools on both Windows 7 and 8.
@Ryur: This was a 1 part show. No part 2.
@rogreen: While we are on the subject of being picky, let me be picky about something else I said. I said that Visual Studio Online and the new Azure Portal will be merged and are going to combine. I was not making a global statement. I meant it in the context of that particular scenario (Application Insights). The Azure preview portal brings together many services, both from Microsoft (including VS Online) and other providers to produce a more connected experience. Check it out and let us know what you think.