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Windows 10 at Microsoft Connect(); 2017

Today, at Microsoft Connect(); we spoke about the work we have been doing to align the concepts and tags that can be shared between Microsoft’s XAML UI systems.  With Windows 10 XAML and Xamarin.Forms, we expose the full and unique capabilities of each platform. Xamarin.Forms focuses on native mobile experiences and exposing the common subset of controls and capabilities needed most by mobile developers. Windows 10 XAML and WPF are optimized for native Windows experiences, including the most rich and demanding experiences optimized for use with mouse, keyboard and touch. We are releasing a preview of Xamarin.Forms which includes additional APIs that advance XAML Standard, including new types names and properties for common elements you will recognize from Windows 10 XAML. I encourage you to check out the APIs at: aka.ms/xamlstandard and provide us with your feedback. We look forward to working with you.
Connect(); Sessions
Tomorrow, on November 16th, you can view two Connect(); 2017 live sessions online to learn more about how to create beautiful and engaging applications. In “Engaging with your customers on any platform using the Microsoft Graph, Activity Feed, and Adaptive Cards” you’ll learn how customers’ lives are made more seamless through Microsoft Graph and Project Rome. Allowing customers to use Windows, Android and iOS together ensures continuity in busy lifestyles. Next, you’ll learn about the benefits Bots and Adaptive Cards bring to that same customer, as well as the businesses they are interacting with. And finally, we’ll show you how unique Windows experiences like Notifications and Timeline run smoothly and are quick and easy to integrate with Adaptive Cards. Be sure to tune in at 11 a.m. PST to learn about all of these rich features.
In our next session, also on November 16 at 12pm PST, we show you how to make your applications more beautiful. “Building amazing applications with the Fluent Design System” helps you transform your applications to be engaging, modern and visually rich. It includes the UX building blocks, guidelines, tools and end-to-end support developers need. You will learn how easy it is to use familiar technologies like XAML and C# to create applications that bring the Fluent Design System to life on Windows 10 across a range of devices and inputs. We will cover the different elements of the design system and how to use the latest controls, animations, effects and other platform capabilities to captivate your customers and maximize their productivity. To learn more about the features, visit: http://developer.microsoft.com/design.
Wrapping up
Last month, we shipped the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK – we created tools and APIs to help developers build applications that will make customers want to engage and re-engage with your application – driving future growth and retention. We are constantly taking in your feedback and making Windows 10 a better place for all developers.

Windows Developer Day Returns!

Windows Developer Day is back! Join us on October 10, starting at 9:30 AM PDT via live stream, or attend a viewing party in your area (location list below), as we explore what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for developers.
The day’s schedule features an introductory keynote by Kevin Gallo and members of the Windows engineering team, a live-streamed Q&A session and several streaming sessions diving deeper into the current Windows 10 update.
Learn what’s new for developers in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
No matter what you’re working on, you’ll find plenty of new features and improvements to make your software more compelling:
Game devs
Game Mode and new performance enhancements improve the gameplay experience for most of your players.
Xbox Live Creators Program lets you integrate Xbox Live into your game and publish to both Xbox One and Windows 10.
Mixer is the only next gen streaming service that offers viewers real-time influence and participation in your players’ live streams.
Windows Store improvements help you promote your games with video trailers and control timing and pricing more precisely.
Commercial devs
.NET Standard 2.0 adds more than 20,000 new APIs and lets you share code across all your .NET code base.
Xamarin lets you use your existing C# and .NET skills to build truly cross-platform apps for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.
Desktop Bridge improvements to tooling and more make it much easier to convert your existing Win32 and .NET software to Windows 10.
Windows Mixed Reality delivers new levels of immersion to help you enhance the visual experience of your users.
Consumer devs
Microsoft Graph and UserActivity API make your end-to-end experience seamless by connecting screens and experiences across devices and platforms.
Fluent Design System helps you engage your users continuously across all their devices with beautiful, expressive experiences.
Tooling improvements within Visual Studio make it easier to create, convert and deploy your software.
.NET Standard 2.0 adds more than 20,000 new APIs and lets you share code across all your .NET code base.
Live Stream Viewing Parties
Join other developers from your local developer community and attend a Live Stream Viewing Party hosted by a Microsoft Windows Development MVP. Enjoy refreshments, watch the live stream, participate in the Live Q&A alongside your peers and make new community connections!
Here is a list of the locations: 
Amstelveen, Netherlands
Bonstetten, Zurich, Switzerland
Boston, MA, USA
Chicago, IL, USA
Cologne, Germany
Dresden, Germany
Durban, South Africa
Ghent, Belgium
Manchester UK
Mexico City, Mexico
Milan, Italy
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Moscow, Russia
Munich, Germany
Paris, France
Penang, Malaysia
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Singapore, Singapore
Stockholm, Sweden
Vienna, Austria
Zagreb, Croatia
Learn more about Windows Developer Day and sign up here!