@JohnLudlow: If you point me to particular instances of that I can probably tell you what the question was.
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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.
@Ian: If you have an MSDN subscription, you can find Update 2 in the Subscriber Downloads. If you do not, I would recommend you install Update 3 and see if the project works. If it does not, email me at rogreen at microsoft dot com and I will try and help.
@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.