Take a lightning tour of the many connectivity options for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Store Apps. There are more than ever before: HTTP networking APIs, NFC and Bluetooth including ‘tap to connect’ and WebApi REST services are just the tip of the iceberg. See how to build apps that work with DataSense 2.0. Store settings and data in Microsoft OneDrive. Share state between a Windows Phone 8.1 app and the Windows 8.1 version of your app. See some practical demos, such as how to implement compression with HTTP networking and how you can handle credentials when accessing services that require user authentication. We’ll also take a quick look at building a mobile back end with Microsoft Azure Mobile Services and connecting with it from your app.
This session demonstrates how a new class of scenarios and user experiences can be enabled by re-imagining solutions using cloud-based technology and Apps for Office. Learn how to make cloud-based line-of-business applications which include Apps for Office in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and also how to supplement them with Office 365 SharePoint web sites, Windows Phone 8 apps, notifications, and Azure Web Sites and SQL Databases. See an extremely polished end-to-end demo scenario unfold, related to idea generation, qualification, selection, development, and evaluation. Learn how all the components in the demo are built, what patterns are used to implement them, and have a lot of fun along the way. This session also has a little bit of March Madness flavor baked into it which will provide an entertaining and enlightening experience.