Version 6 of the Entity Framework (EF), .NET’s data access and object-relational layer, is included with Visual Studio 2013. Features such as async query/save, connection resiliency, command interception/logging, custom Code First conventions, code-based configuration and Code First stored procedure mapping make EF6 a significant upgrade. Watch this video to see new EF features in action.
Windows 8 introduces a number of highly visible changes to Windows, such as a store experience, a new model and UI paradigm for apps, and touch friendliness. But, if you're a nerd, there's a lot more under the covers to be excited about. The security underpinnings of Windows 8 App Store applications are very differentiating. Join Chris Jackson ("The App Compat Guy") for a 75 minute exploration of the deep internals underlying the Windows 8 App security experience, which can help you explain the superior level of trust we are able to deliver.