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The Insider Dev Tour is for developers interested in building Microsoft 365 experiences (Windows, Graph, Office, Teams) today, using the latest dev technologies, as well as for those who want a peek into the future. If you can read code, this is for you, regardless if you are a beginner, an expert, a student, or a hobbyist developer.

The morning keynote session will give you a demo and code-focused overview of the new developer technology emerging from Redmond. It’s the best of Microsoft Build for Microsoft 365 developers. We’ll cover Windows, Graph, Office, AI, and more so that you are up-to-date and able to make informed decisions when choosing from the latest technology for your next project.

This is a 100 percent developer-focused event.

The tour is an opportunity to connect directly with leads and engineers from Redmond, as well as regional industry leaders and the community of Microsoft MVPs and RDs. We’re excited to meet you in person! #InsiderDevTour



Vue Cinema, West End

3 Cranbourn Street

Leicester Square


*By train: The nearest tube station is Leicester Square on the Bakerloo Line, Northern Line, and Piccadilly Line, just a couple of minutes walk to the venue.



Jen Stirrup

Jen Stirrup

Jen Stirrup is the Data Whisperer. Jen is a data strategist and technologist, with over twenty years’ experience in delivering Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence projects worldwide. Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Regional Director.

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Luce Carter

Luce Carter

When not writing mobile apps for fun in her spare time, she runs the Manchester Xamarin User Group, mentors for Code First Girls, curates for the Xamarin Weekly newsletter, edits for James Montemagno and speaks at local user groups and conferences.


Away from the computer she tries to stay active including badminton and 5-a-side football.

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Marcus Perryman

Marcus Perryman

Marcus has worked at Microsoft UK in many technical roles including product development, services and support. As part of Windows Engineering (PAX) Marcus engages with strategic partners providing advice and guidance on the delivery of solutions for Windows devices.


Matt Lacey

Matt Lacey

Matt is a freelance developer and author who wants to help developers create great applications. A long-term community leader and Microsoft MVP, he now spends most of his time contributing to open source software that helps developers building for Windows.

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Pedro Lamas

Pedro Lamas

Pedro is a software development consultant specialized in Microsoft technologies. He’s a regular blogger, speaker, and a Microsoft MVP for Windows Development. He loves telling people how .NET is the best thing just after freshly brewed coffee!

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Twitter  Website


Pete Vickers

Pete Vickers

Pete is a veteran of the computer industry, working with everything from mainframes to phones and IOT. A computer consultant for the last 25 years and a Microsoft MVP for the last 15, Pete now specialises in the mobile space.


Pete is a co-founder and organiser of DotNetNorth, a user group for Microsoft developers in Manchester.

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Blog  Twitter


Peter Foot

Peter Foot

Peter has been working with, and writing about, the mobile .NET stack from the first Pocket PCs through to current day Xamarin and UWP development. Peter is a Windows Development MVP and a Xamarin certified Mobile Developer. Peter has a long love-hate relationship with Bluetooth which he is currently using to talk to medical devices.

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Rik Garner

Rik Garner

Rick is a technical consultant and a Microsoft MVP. He has been developing software on the Microsoft stack for a very long time. Rick is a co-founder and organiser of DotNetNorth, a user group for Microsoft developers in Manchester.

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Rob Miles

Rob Miles

Rob Miles has been telling people about computers for more than 25 years. An expert on Visual C# and a Microsoft MVP for Application Development, Rob enjoys inspiring new and experienced programmers. As well as writing books, games, programs, and poetry, Rob has consulted on a wide range of commercial software projects and is a founding director of Connected Humber CIC aiming to build local skills and set up community data sources in the Humber area.   

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (1 Hour)

Registration check-in

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (1 Hour)

The best from Microsoft Build, condensed into a demo-filled and fun hour for developers.

Speaker: Marcus Perryman and Pete Vickers

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (30 Minutes)
Morning Break

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM (25 Minutes)
Introduction to Microsoft Graph Services

Microsoft Graph provides a unified programmability model that you can use to build apps for organizations and consumers that interact with the data of millions of users. You can use the Microsoft Graph REST APIs to access data in Azure Active Directory, Office 365 services, Enterprise Mobility and Security services, Windows 10 services, Dynamics 365, and more. We will spend the next 30 minutes exploring what you can do with the Microsoft Graph.

Speaker: Peter Foot

11:00 AM - 11:25 AM (25 Minutes)
Leverage the Power of Machine Learning on Windows

Launched a year ago, the Windows AI Platform revolutionized how Windows developers deploy and execute machine learning models, by introducing the Windows Machine Learning API. Customers are doing amazing things with it, and we are building on this momentum in 2019. We're improving Windows ML based on your feedback, launching DirectML for performance-critical machine learning solutions, and adding support for new AI-focused silicon. Come learn how you can leverage the power of Machine Learning and AI for your own applications whether you are looking to add a little intelligence to your processes, or leverage existing speech and other input recognition models.

Speaker: Jen Stirrup

11:30 AM - 11:55 AM (25 Minutes)

Web: The Future is Now with ASP.NET Core 3.0

ASP.NET Core 3.0 is loaded with new features for building modern web applications and services. In this session, we'll show you how to use ASP.NET Core 3.0 to build beautiful and interactive web sites built using the latest technology.

Speaker: Rik Garner

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (1 Hour)

12:12 PM - 1:00 PM (48 Minutes)
Lightning Talks

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM (30 Minutes)
After-lunch game and prizes

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM (25 Minutes)

What's new for the Command Line and Windows Subsystem for Linux

Windows 10 supports multiple command-line interfaces including WSL, CMD, and PowerShell, all of which build upon the Windows console. The Windows console has been updated throughout the years, but it’s time for a Big Change to help us all be more productive at the command line with a fresh and more capable command-line interface. Web and C++ cross-platform developers have also discovered how the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enables them to use their Linux tools and workflows on Windows, giving them the best of both worlds. In this architecture and roadmap session, join us to learn about the new open source Windows Terminal, WSL 1, WSL 2, and how they together enable developers to be happier and more productive in the natural home of developers: at the command-line.

Speaker: Matt Lacey

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM (25 Minutes)

Future-proof your Desktop Apps with .NET Core

Having a WPF or WinForms application doesn’t mean you have old code. It’s active code that represents an important investment for your company. Moving your app to the next version of .NET Core will give you access to all the benefits of the Open Source version of .NET, including better performance, easier deployment and all its new features. In this session we will show how to create a new .NET Core app, why would you do it, and how to upgrade an existing project.

Speaker: Luce Carter

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Developing with the new Edge Browser

Big changes are coming for Edge with its move to a Chromium-based browser engine. The New Edge will not only be available for all desktop users (including Windows 7 and macOS), but will also bring changes in the way we write apps for Windows. From Web Views, to Electron, to PWAs, the new Edge browser is something all devs should care about.

Speaker: Pedro Lamas

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM (30 Minutes)

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Build Embedded and IoT Solutions with Microsoft Windows IoT Core

Windows IoT is a family of products that enables rich edge devices and applications that can take full advantage of Azure IoT capabilities. We’ll explore the latest capabilities for Windows IoT, and then show how you can use all of your existing Windows development skills to create solutions ranging from fun hobby projects all the way through to critical Intelligent Edge solutions.

Speaker: Rob Miles

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM (25 Minutes)

Connect your Desktop Apps with the Microsoft Graph

Connect to your user’s data and a variety of services with the Microsoft Graph in your .NET, Win32, or UWP app.  As work and life come together, use the same code to leverage the Graph’s power for both consumer and enterprise accounts. We will spend this demo-focused session covering how to utilize the .NET Standard Graph libraries in your apps to connect them to the world.

Speaker: Michael Hawker

4:30 PM - 4:55 PM (25 Minutes)

Myth busting PWAs: The New Edge Edition

We’ve heard a lot about Progressive Web Apps and what they can or can’t do. This session will walk through the top 10 myths around Progressive Web Apps and at the same time learn how to make great, productive experiences with the latest and greatest tools, the New Edge, and Microsoft Graph.

Speaker: Pete Vickers



Want to attend the Insider Dev Tour, but not sure how to bring it up to your boss? Here’s a sample letter that will help you out. Just replace the text in [brackets]

Dear [my boss’s name],

I’d like to attend the Microsoft Insider Dev Tour on [date] in [city]. The Insider Dev Tour is Microsoft's free, single-day, local, developer-focused event, bringing the latest technology and practical knowledge from the people who build the products. The content for the event, alone, is worth the trip, but the ability to network with Microsoft employees, community leaders, and subject matter experts will help me in my work here.

Here are two ways in which my attendance at the Insider Dev Tour will strengthen [company name]: 

  • The presentations are relevant to my daily tasks and growth. I will get a view of the broad developer roadmap at Microsoft, and also deep dives into current practical and future-looking technologies for building Microsoft 365 applications using Windows desktop, Web, and Graph.

  • Networking with other attendees, community leaders, and Microsoft engineers is highly encouraged, so I can talk with people who have solved issues similar to those we run into.

The event is free, so all I need is a single day to attend. You can learn more about the event by visiting . Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I’d really like to attend this event!


[my name]