Intel Joins the Windows 8 Developer Push

IDF takes place at the same time as BUILD, and the Wintel alliance (for now) is linking arms to reach out to developers.

If you're going to Intel's Developer Forum next week and want to know what's up with Windows 8, good news: you don't have to jet down to Anaheim, Microsoft has got you covered at IDF, too.

As we all know, the Microsoft BUILD conference takes place next week in Anaheim, California (just across the street from Disneyland). BUILD is a rollup of PDC and WinHEC, so it's the show for developers to attend. At the same time, Intel is hosting the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco.

This may present a quandary for some people, but thankfully, Microsoft and Intel are coordinating this rather well. For those of you attending IDF, you can get yourself at least some info on Windows 8. As for a beta, well, we still don't know if one will come out at BUILD (although I'd be shocked if it didn't happen). The most likely scenario is that you can register to get the beta while at IDF.

The information comes courtesy of Intel's IDF site, which lists a few notable sessions involving Microsoft (click on the Technical Session Catalog and search for Microsoft). The biggest one comes on Wednesday, where Microsoft will deliver a session on Windows 8 called "Microsoft Windows 8 on Intel Architecture." This session will be the look at Windows 8 and discuss "the work both companies are undertaking to deliver this new compute experience."

Most of the sessions are reserved for Thursday, the last day of IDF. I've seen how attendance falls off on day 3 of IDF and question whether that's a good idea, but maybe it was all they had.

The two companies will host a session called "Hot Topic Q&A: Intel and Microsoft – Windows 8." Microsoft will have three representatives, Intel will have two engineers.

Another session on Thursday will be "Microsoft Windows Platform Evolution and UEFI Requirements." UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface and will finally replace the creaky old BIOS firmware that has been in PCs for more than 30 years. The session will talk about the latest Windows 8 platform requirements including UEFI boot and security features.

The final session on Thursday will be "Integrating Intel Platform Capabilities on Microsoft Windows Security Architecture." Intel will detail improvements in the Windows security architecture and how Intel hardware will work with the next-generation of Windows.

Sure sounds like a beta is coming, doesn't it?

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