General Meeting Presentation

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Randy Guthrie, PhD, 
Microsoft Technology Evangelist

Windows 8 App Development: An Unprecedented Opportunity for All Developers

Randy Guthrie, PhD, Microsoft Technology Evangelist

In 2012, Microsoft shipped new versions of every major product line including Windows, Office, Windows Server, Visual Studio, and Xbox. Windows 8 in particular is a paradigm shift, and while many of the redesigned features will improve productivity over the long run, figuring them out on your own is difficult.

In this session, Randy Guthrie, Microsoft Technical Evangelist, will show some of the new features and “secrets” that will help you unlock the potential of Windows 8. Also, in this session, Randy will describe the unique opportunity that Windows 8 App development presents to developers of all types. He will walk through some simple templates that will help anyone get their first couple of apps into the store in just a few hours with virtually no programming.

Randy will wrap-up the presentation by discussing Office 365's place in the Office product offerings.

Randy Guthrie is a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation. In this role, Randy provides academic and research support to faculty and students at schools in the western United State. Randy’s research interests include Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Technology Pedagogy and his current technology passion is Windows 8 app development. Prior to his working at Microsoft, Randy was a professor at Cal Poly Pomona, where he taught software engineering, programming and information systems courses. During his tenure at Cal Poly, Randy was also the volunteer Director of a community employment center, which helps explain why he commonly can be found giving career workshops to tech students and IT professional groups. Before his appointment at Cal Poly, Randy spent thirteen years working for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, where he was a contract manager on the Stealth Bomber project, a project manager, and financial analyst. Randy earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of La Verne in 1991, an MBA in 1998 from the Peter F. Drucker School of Management, and a PhD in Information Science in 2007 from the School of Information Science and Technology at Claremont Graduate University. Randy currently resides in Denver, Colorado with his wife Jane and daughter Molly, where he can be found training for sprint triathlons when it’s warm and skiing when it’s cold.