Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Metro is windows8 future: Says Microsoft


"Microsoft to developers: Metro is your future"

Silverlight and .Net are not dead (yet). But Metro is really the future for Windows8, Microsoft is telling developers on the opening day of Build.

"Metro” is the name of the design language that Microsoft pioneered with Windows Phone 7 "

This technology gave users an option to down the a Windows Desktop Update that allowed then to bind HTML content to the desktop in the form of a wallpaper replacement and desktop items that were synchronized automatically when connected to the web.
 

Classification  of Windows 8 applications:
  • One is “Metro Style” applications. These are the modern, immersive applications that are going to get front-and-center billing. Developers writing Metro Style apps can code them in C, C++, C#, Visual Basic, HTML5/JavaScript and/or using XAML. The inclusion of XAML here implies “Jupiter,” I’d say, even though Microsoft officials never used that codename during our prebrief yesterday. Jupiter is the XAML/UI layer on top of Windows 8 that enables Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) apps to work on the platform.
  • The second class of applications that can be built and run on Windows 8 PCs and tablets is called “Desktop” applications. These are applications that users can access by clicking on the Desktop tile in Windows 8. They don’t have to be immersive; they can look and feel like classic Windows applications that don’t assume that users will want/need to rely on touch as the primary way that they interact with them. Examples of existing Desktop apps that will work on Windows 8 are things like Photoshop or Intuit.
Microsoft’s execs are emphasizing that Windows 8 is a no-compromise platform. They are positioning it as an operating system that can be all things to all people. But make no mistake: Microsoft sees Metro Style apps as the future.

At Build, there are lots and lots of sessions aimed at educating developers about the new app model for Windows 8, and how developers can use HTML5 and JavaScript to write the new, immersive, “Metro style” applications for the platform. There are very few about .Net, Visual Basic and C#. And there are none that I noticed on how/when/if developers can use non-Microsoft tools and frameworks (PHP, Ruby, etc.) to write Windows8 apps. And there are none on Silverlight.
Hence the core technologies those might be use in Metro style are:
  • HTML5
  • Java script
  • VB/C#
  • C/C++
  • XAML
Windows8 with metro UI Tools and Features

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