Nokia was incredibly excited to participate in this year’s Microsoft Build conference. We had a great time making new friends, seeing familiar faces, and discussing the opportunities around Windows Phone.
At the Nokia booth we mingled with developers, discussed the much-talked-about DVLUP program, showed off some of our devices (including the hot new Lumia 925), and raffled off devices for 100 lucky developers.
In collaboration with Microsoft and Nokia Developer Champion and Next App Star winner Rudy Huyn, we created a display made of 200 Lumia 820s which we affectionately dubbed “The Wall.” It became one of the most discussed pieces of the conference, and if you didn’t get a chance to check it out you can find photos on our Facebook and Google+ pages.
Nokia also hosted two sessions at Build to share with developers some of the learning that has happened as Nokia has worked on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. The first talk, “Building a Camera App, presented by Nokia”, was hosted by our Technology Wizard Berthier Lemieux. He discussed the power of the Lenses capability in Windows Phone 8, and how developers can implement imaging and rich media in their applications. He then showed the code for making it happen. You can check out Berthier’s excellent talk here.
Our second session was “The Story of Bringing Nokia Music to Big Windows”, a look at the design principles and learnings from the team behind Nokia Music as they took their Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 app and scaled it up for the larger displays of Windows 8. This was presented by Senior Architect Matt Cooper, Senior Code Monkey Ben Buttigieg, and Principle Pixel Pusher Craig Pugsley. The team discussed their four principles of design–Simple, Delightful, Effortless, and Love for the Platform–and talked about what code they could share between platforms, what challenges they faced, and the top ten tips for moving from Windows Phone to Windows 8. You can watch their presentation here.
We had a great time at Build, and hope you did too. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!