Windows 8: Life in a post .NET world – speak your brains TODAY
Live chat at 2pm BST today
Live Chat Back in 2000, when Bill Gates launched .NET, he likened the shift to the dramatic move from MS-DOS to Windows, as it ushered in an era of distributed computing – for Windows.
.NET became Microsoft’s desktop and server programming story for a decade.
Twelve years on Gates is gone, but his CEO replacement Steve Ballmer reckons Windows 8 is his company’s riskiest bet. Windows 8 introduces a brand-new programming framework, WinRT, geared towards touch input instead of mouse, and cloud download rather than CD install.
Join your fellow Reg readers with Mary-Jo Foley , Tim Anderson  and careers man Dom Connor for two one-hour-long Live Chats talking about ModernUI, building for Windows 8 and 9, and the fallout on skills and training.
Our first Live Chat takes place today at 13.00 GMT (14.00 BST, 9.00 ET, 6.00 Pacific) and will dive into programming – .NET versus WinRT. Our follow-up is on 28 September at the same time and will see Dom Connor weigh in on skills – where in the real world can you use your Windows 8 chops in a .NET world?
Today's Live Chat is now finished, but you can carry on talking in our special Living in a post .net world Forum here .