Yesterday morning Microsoft launched Windows 8 at the BUILD-conference in Anaheim. Windows 8 has a completely new tile- and touch-based UI with the Metro-Style we already know from Windows Phone 7.
All applications built for Windows 7 will still run on Windows 8.
Ok, know let’s look at the platform and the tools we’re using today with Windows.
The problem Microsoft mentioned here is that these three things don’t work together very well. Therefore Microsoft reimagined the Windows-8-platform. You can use any language you wan’t to build the metro-style applications like the picture below shows.
As you can see in the picture above, Microsoft has also reimagined the Windows APIs. They know are calling the Windows APIs the Windows Runtime APIs, or short, the WinRT APIs. WinRT provides over 1800 objects for us developers to use. These 1800 objects are in four blocks:
- Application Model
- Communication & Data
- Graphics & Media
- Devices & Printing
There’s Version 11 of Visual Studio that let’s you create the same Metro-style applications in the different languages.
Expression Blend 5 will beside XAML also support HTML. So there’s a great tooling for all view-languages.
Applications can be published in an App Store called the Windows Store. Same principle as Apple has with their App Store in Mac OS X Lion. Visual Studio 2011 therefore contains a new store-menu where you can upload a package directly from visual studio.
Go and grab a Windows 8 Preview with all the tools installed to get started developing Windows 8 apps here:
Ok, the big question after knowing all of that is what happens to .NET, Silverlight, WPF in Windows 8? XAML stays, but Silverlight and WPF are just on the side, aren’t they? Let's download the preview and discuss.