Tech Experts Get a First Hand Look at the Latest Technologies from Microsoft

Mercury New Media hosted an engaging and informative discussion with tech experts from across Tampa Bay on Tuesday August 18th at the Microsoft offices in Tampa, FL to build upon and extend topics covered at the recent Microsoft //build/ conference. Nearly 40 software developers, designers and business consultants from leading enterprises from around the Tampa Bay area gathered to get a first-hand look at newly released technologies.

Zach Winnie, Senior Interface Designer with Mercury New Media kicked off the conversation with a comprehensive review of development for Edge, the newly released browser by Microsoft. The browser has been stripped down and re-invented. Key features include improved developer tools, automatic updates, extensions and impressive performance statistics. Zach provided a hands on tour of the new Windows 10 browser and provided valuable tips for developing for Edge. A crowd favorite was seeing the new annotating feature in action.

Graham Morris, Principal Application Developer with Mercury New Media followed exploring ASP.NET vNext in Visual Studio 2015. Visual Studio 2015 comes with a total change in the solution and project structure of web applications. Microsoft has made a number of changes to the project templates to utilize a gamut of popular open source technologies including NPM, Grunt and Bower. Graham gave attendees an enlightening demo of the new features with illustrative coding examples.

Wrapping up the evening was Randy Patterson, Senior Lead Consultant with Catapult Systems. Randy demonstrated how to leverage Windows 10 IoT on your Raspberry PI device. Randy walked attendees through setting up your environments and demonstrated a project in action using motion sensor technology. It is inspiring to see something so small and inexpensive capable of so many creative uses.

When asked about the event Chris Karlo, Partner at Mercury New Media stated, “It’s awesome to see the continued support and interest in the latest Microsoft development stack. We are always pleased to share our experience using the newest tools and technology with the Tampa Bay Tech community and appreciate the interest and engagement.”

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