Build 2014–Quick Links

imageThe Build 2014 conference ended just over a week ago and many of us are still sifting through the various announcements and downloads. This post provides a list of some of the various links to sessions and downloads that you might find handy.


You can find the links to all the session videos and slide decks here.

Visual Studio / .NET

  • .NET Foundation – There were several open source announcements at this year’s Build event. The .NET Foundation will be the steward of a growing collection of open source technologies for.NET, Microsoft’s comprehensive development framework. Here is a snapshot of what’s currently available (completely open source) on .NET Foundation:


  • Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Release Candidate – this is a “GO LIVE” version of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. “Go Live” implies that the upgrade path to the final version will be supported.
  • .NET Native Developer Preview – .NET Native compiles C# to native machine code that performs like C++. You can read more about it in this blog post and/or view the .NET Native FAQ.
  • Rosalyn Preview – at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft open sourced their compiler technology known as Rosalyn. Read more here.
  • Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio – integrating Application Insights (currently in preview) with your apps couldn’t be easier. Download the tools and read more here to get started.
  • WinJS – this is a JavaScript library originally released as part of Windows 8 to aid in developing Windows Store apps in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. WinJS was released as open source during the Build conference.
  • Visual Studio Online – this is not a new service, though it was announced (on April 3rd) that Visual Studio Online is now generally available (i.e. no longer in preview). If you are not familiar with Visual Studio Online, I highly recommend you check it out. Among other things, it provides source code repositories (both TFVC and Git), integrates with all popular IDEs (e.g. Visual Studio, Eclipse, and Xcode), can be used to track backlog items, bugs, and tasks, as well as provides support for running automated builds within Visual Studio Online’s cloud infrastructure.
  • TypeScript – TypeScript 1.0 is included in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RC but you can also download it directly here.

Windows Phone 8.1

NOTE: Windows Phone 8.1 likely won’t be released as an over-the-air (OTA) update for several months. However, it was announced at Build that developers would be able to get the update this month (April). The cool part is that you don’t actually have to be a developer to take advantage of an early upgrade… you simply have to sign in to the Windows Phone App Studio and, voilà, you’re a developer. You can read more about the entire process here.