VC++ and Win8 Metro apps: May 18, livestream and on-demand

Want to know how to write cool tablet apps using Visual C++?

On May 18, Microsoft is hosting a one-day free technical event for developers who want to write Metro apps for Windows 8 using Visual C++. I’m giving the opening talk, and the rest of the day is full of useful technical information on everything from XAML and DirectX to networking and VC++ compiler flags.

Please note: This event is Windows-specific, and talks will use both portable ISO C++ as well as Visual C++-specific libraries and compiler extensions; for brevity these are being referred to as "C++" to highlight to a Microsoft-specific audience that that this day is about Visual C++, not about Visual C# or Visual Basic or JavaScript.

From the page:

Join the Microsoft Visual C++ and Windows teams in Redmond on May 18, 2012 for a free, all-day event focused on building Windows 8 Metro style apps with C++. 

These Windows-specific talks will use both portable ISO C++ and Visual C++-specific compiler extensions; for brevity below we’ll refer to both as "C++" (i.e., this day is about Visual C++, not Visual C# or JavaScript).

We will have pragmatic advice for every developer writing Metro style apps and games with XAML and/or DirectX and C++.

Register now!


  • Visual C++ for Windows 8, Keynote by Herb Sutter
  • Building Windows 8 apps with XAML and C++
  • Building Windows 8 games with DirectX and C++
  • Introduction to the Windows Runtime Library  (WRL)
  • Writing Connected apps: Writing networking code with C++
  • Combining XAML & DirectX in a Metro style apps
  • Writing WinRT components to be consumed from any language
  • VC11 compiler flags for getting the most out of C++

All sessions will be recorded and available for on demand viewing on C9.

I wish I’d blogged about it right away when it was announced a week or so ago, because registration filled immediately before I could blog it (I think on the first day), and then when the room was expanded it filled again right away again before I could blog about it. Then I procrastinated for a few days. You can still register here for the waitlist to see it in person, but I have good news…

All sessions will be broadcast livestream and then available for viewing on demand. If you’re halfway around the world, or just halfway across the country, it’s hard to fly somewhere for a one-day event anyway; thanks to livestream and on-demand, the Internet is our friend. I look forward to seeing and e-seeing many of you there.

3 thoughts on “VC++ and Win8 Metro apps: May 18, livestream and on-demand

  1. Reblogged this on Sutter’s Mill and commented:

    Day-before reminder: If you are interested in tablet apps using VC++, check out the livestream starting at 9am U.S. Pacific time tomorrow, or come back later to watch the talks on demand.

  2. Great event. Will be tuned over the internet for sure! I was just wondering if the future NDK for Windows Phone will be similar C++ development. Any news on this?

  3. I really appreciate that Microsoft has been so proactive about recording sessions like these and giving access to everyone. Thanks.

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