Mark Hindsbo, VP, Developer & Platform Evangelism discusses “the Windows 8 first mover advantage” for developers. He shares information, with Tim Huckaby, about the staggering number of Windows 8 devices that will be running applications over the next 12 months, and the Windows Store user experience for consumers and enterprise. Millions of consumers await Windows 8 apps; visit GenerationApp for help getting your app to market.
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Mark Hindsbo is the Vice President of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism Group (DPE) in the US, and a member of the North American Leadership team. DPE is responsible for driving excitement and adoption of Microsoft technologies, with developers and other technical communities. Mark and his team works with customers and partners, throughout the United States, to build the next generation of software solutions.
Mark originally joined Microsoft in Denmark around the birth of Microsoft’s .NET technology and vision. Here he built and led the local DPE group and was part of the subsidiary leadership team. He has also worked in Microsoft’s corporate headquarter in various roles; most recently as responsible for worldwide field strategy and operations in DPE. Prior to joining Microsoft he was a partner and co-founder of a Danish innovation consulting company and has also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Mark holds a Master of Science in applied physics & mathematics from the Technical University of Denmark.
Mark is married and has three children that he tries to spend as much time with as possible. He holds a 4thdegree black belt in Karate that he tries to maintain in his scarce spare time where he also enjoys reading a good book.
Tim Huckaby is focused on the Natural User Interface (NUI) in Rich Client and Rich Internet Application (RIA) Technologies like Silverlight & WPF on the computer, the Surface, and Windows Phone 7. He has been called a "Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution" by the press.
Tim has been awarded multiple times for the highest rated Keynote and technical presentations for Microsoft and numerous other technology conferences around the world by Microsoft Corporation. Tim has done presentations on Microsoft technologies at technology events like Microsoft Tech Ed, Product Launch events, Dev Days, MEC, World Wide Partner Conference, MGB, MGX, and the PDC, along with 3rd party technology conferences all over the world is consistently rated in the top 10% of all speakers at these events. Tim was selected by Microsoft as a speaker for the International .NET Association and speaks at events world-wide on Microsoft's behalf. Tim has done keynote demos at big Microsoft events and product launches for numerous Microsoft executives including Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
Tim founded InterKnowlogy, experts in Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Platforms, and Actus Interactive Software, and has 25+ years experience including serving on a Microsoft product team as a development lead on an architecture team. Tim is a Microsoft Regional Director, an MVP and serves on multiple Microsoft councils and boards like the Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council.
Resources we recommend you check out
- Download the Tools for Windows 8 App Development
- Download Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
- Start building your own Apps for Windows 8