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Windows 8 Notifications From Windows Azure

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This is a recording from an MSDN Live Meeting broadcast from the Microsoft Belgium office on June 4, 2012.

With Windows 8 coming and Windows Azure being around as a solid cloud platform, there will be many new scenarios possible and big opportunities available to build new types of services and applications. We are facing a huge number of devices possibly upgrading to this new version of Windows and all of them will be connecting to well know services, fetching data and being online all the time. To enable this load, support flexible and scalable applications and to provide users with an amazing user experience, Windows 8 and Windows Azure will probably become best friends.

One of the key features of Windows 8 is the support for notifications, an easy and user friendly way to inform the user about events, available data, updates and much more. For the Windows Phone users this experience will feel familiar, as we are already using it for a while. For Windows 8, the experience will be similar but even more possibilities and scenarios are available. In this session we will show you what Windows 8 offers to notify the user and what options developers have to implement those. To allow flexibility, scalability and transparency, we will use Windows Azure as a backend and initiator of the notifications to show you the close relationship between the two.

Kristof Rennen is Architect and Lead Developer at Capgemini Belgium with many years of experience in software development. He is co-leader of the Windows Azure offering, gives trainings, talks about scalable architectures and cloud and evangelizes the interesting and challenging Windows Azure platform as much as he can.

Since the beginning of 2012 he is crew member of the Belgian Windows Azure User Group Azug to assist on the organization of events, to support the board with the day to day activities and to deliver sessions.
He is also member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team where his main focus is community work and Windows Azure. As an Architect he has a strong focus on quality and reusability and he applies these important principles in professional and personal projects, both on premise and in the cloud.

Focus technologies: Windows Azure, .NET

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Extra resources
- Learn more about Windows 8 Metro Style apps
- Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8
- Windows Azure Free Trial

Next events
Feel free to have a look at the list of events for developers run by the Microsoft Community in Belgium and Luxembourg. If you're specifically looking for events about Windows 8 in Belgium, your one-stop-shop is here: the Metro Map. It lists all Windows 8 events for developers and is your local guide to your app in the Windows Store.



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