15 technical sessions
The main track is 15 jam-packed technical sessions, covering everything from performance, accessibility, and test guidance, to brand-new tools and APIs for building Progressive Web Apps on Windows, adding payments and mixed reality to your sites, and building modern layouts with new CSS features like CSS Grid.
Struggling with interop bugs? Looking for test guidance? Need help with enterprise policies or legacy compatibility? Our engineers are passionate about making the web just work for all our mutual customers, and we’d love to help. Come grab a drink at the Debug Bar and we’ll take a look! We’ll provide test tips, on-site reductions of issues, and take your immediate feedback on any issues you’ve discovered.
Web performance is hard. We’re here to help! Bring your site to the Performance Club and we’ll take a look using the same tools we use to build Microsoft Edge. Our team has years of experiencing helping properties around the world identify and remediate performance pitfalls across browsers, so your customers have a better experience on every device. We’ll provide actionable recommendations for your site, and opportunities to follow up with a deeper 1:1 conversation with Microsoft.
WebVR is here! EdgeHTML 15 already supports the WebVR 1.1 specification by default, and we’ll have more updates to share soon for EdgeHTML 16. Come try out WebVR in Microsoft Edge on Windows Mixed Reality devices, learn more about building sites with tools like Babylon.js, and see how you can get started developing for WebVR any Windows PC - no VR peripherals required.
And lots more!
That’s just the beginning! We’re partnering with teams across Microsoft and beyond to deliver opportunities to try out new experiences and learn about new tools. We’ll have representatives from ChakraCore and TypeScript, the brand-new Sonar open-source linting tool, and more.
Charles Morris, Adam Barrus, and Yan Zhong
Charles Morris kicks off Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 with a whirlwind tour of what's new in Microsoft Edge in EdgeHTML 16, and some exciting announcements about what's in store for the year ahead.
Then, join Yan Zhong and Adam Barrus for a behind-the-scenes conversation on building the Microsoft Edge client app. You'll learn our approach to developing more usable, accessible, and innovative experiences for the web on Windows. We'll give you insight into our sources of feedback, and how they played a role in building some of the new features coming soon to Microsoft Edge.
The web evolves fast, but nimble attackers are just as fast at adapting their techniques in order to steal your data and get their code running on your computer. At Edge we research the most common and effective methods attackers use to exploit browsers, and we engineer mitigations to combat them. Learn about our security strategy and how we use the Four Guards to keep users safe and sound while they browse the Internet.
15 minute break
In this talk, we will be making sense of the evolving web app landscape. We'll cover everything from Progressive Web Apps to React Native to Electron to HWAs, and look at how you can maintain one web code base while still ensuring your apps run brilliantly both in your browser as well as natively on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices.
Lunch (served at the venue)
CSS Grid Layout promises to revolutionize layout on the web, bringing true two-dimensional layout to the web for the first time. We'll show how Grid Layout got started at Microsoft in XAML, and through partnership with standards bodies and the community, is now shipping simultaneously across all major browsers in 2017. You'll learn how Grid can help you bring powerful, innovative, and flexible layouts to your sites, and how to manage fallback to older browsers and devices.
Buying things on the web can be tedious, frustrating and painfully archaic. Enter the W3C Payment Request API, a standardized API to build simpler checkout experiences powered by a native front-end, provided by the browser. In this talk, you’ll see how to use the Payment Request API to create seamless payment flows for users across platforms, resulting in a better user experience built to simplify checkout and improve shopping cart conversion.
In the Fall Creator’s Update, we’ve begun a effort to overhaul Microsoft Edge’s DevTools - from our underlying debugging components to the user experience to new tools based on user feedback. In this session, we’ll overview our multi-release journey to a modern tooling experience and introduce the new tools arriving in this release.
Like most engineering teams, we have limited time and resources. We're passionate about making the Web work for everyone, and delivering the innovative new features that enable truly next-generation web apps and sites. In this talk, we'll take a closer look at the factors that we use to prioritize our backlog, like UserVoice feedback, coordination with other browser vendors, data from the Web, and much more–and how you can help!
15 minute break
Nell Waliczek, Lewis Weaver
WebVR is the open standard bringing Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality to the web! Join us to learn how WebVR can enhance your existing sites with experiences that work cross-platform and launch straight from the browser—no download required! We’ll discuss libraries and approaches to get you started, best practices for compatibility, and what's next for the WebVR standard.
Bogdan Brinza and Rossen Atanassov
One of our core philosophies is that the Web should just work for everyone, regardless of ability. In this session, we'll look at how Microsoft Edge empowers users through accessibility and inclusive design. You'll learn about our new, accessible web platform pipeline, W3C accessibility standards, and how we're building differentiated accessible experiences, partnering with the ecosystem. Finally, we'll look to the future, with a brief overview of some improvements to come.
Have you ever experienced a web page that doesn’t run as quickly as you’d like? The web moves at lightning speed, and so do we. In this session, you'll get a behind the scenes view of how the browser works, and what we’ve done to make it faster and more efficient than ever in EdgeHTML 16.
115 Bell St
Seattle, WA 98121
We’ll be meeting at Block 41 in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, blocks from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, and more. Block 41 is easily accessible from Link Light Rail or King Country Metro and is convenient to a number of local hotels, including the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, Hyatt and Olive 8, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Courtyard Seattle, and The Westin Seattle.
Sessions will be presented in Block 41’s Bert & Tot Gallery on the first floor. Meals and refreshments will be served in the Musings Gallery on the first floor.
Things to do in Seattle
- Explore 4 square miles of Discovery Park
- Get ice cream at Molly Moon’s and people watch at Cal Anderson park
- Go hiking on one of the state’s hundreds of trails. Options very close to Seattle
- Eat at one of the many restaurants in the International District
- Peruse books at Elliott Bay Bookstore
- Learn new things at the MOHAI
- Visit marine friends at the Seattle Aquarium
If you’d like to visit the Microsoft campus while you’re here, check out the Microsoft Visitor Center, 15010 NE 36th Street, Building 92, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, WA 98052. If you don’t have a car, you can take the 545 bus to Overlake Transit Center; the visitor center is another 12 minute walk from there. We suggest using the OneBusAway app for checking bus times while in Seattle.
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