Windows 8 Application Development


The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was recently released for consumers, IT Pros and developers. There are many new and exciting things envisioned in the Windows 8 platform that previous operating systems like Windows 7, Vista, and XP do not have. The launch of this pre-beta version and the eventual launch of the successful final version indicate Windows 8’s entry as a bridge between the worlds of mobile computing and traditional computing.

Windows 8 is the latest offering by Microsoft which will be fully released for download and usage by everybody late in 2012. Currently available to developers and programmers, as well consumers interested at getting the first look, Windows 8 offers a re-envisioned Windows OS that will support a wide range of devices and technological architecture.

Windows 8 Supports a Variety of Hardware Options

Windows 8 includes the latest features such as support for Intel chipsets, as well as ARM architecture that is angled toward mobile computing. Other than these, Windows 8 will also support Qualcomm, TI, NVIDIA, and AMD in an effort to offer similar computing privileges to users of smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and computers. In effect, this means this one OS will be the answer to the needs of every single device including gaming consoles such as Xbox.

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Metro Apps in Windows 8

The primary reason that the pre-beta version of Windows 8 has been released is so that developers can begin building applications around the new Metro interface that hosts Windows 8 and so consumers can start testing it. The fact is that there are two user interfaces (UIs) that are present in Windows 8 for computers and tablets. One is the regular Desktop UI while the Metro UI is the touch version. Both of these user interfaces can be used simultaneously but on different screens. The Metro UI is more geared toward lighter usage and touch friendly apps while the Desktop UI lends itself to creation and more labor intensive work.

Developers will need to create applications which are primed for touch usage when it comes to making the most of the Metro UI. However, the pre-beta version Metro UI is not capable of handling complex or large applications such as Photoshop, Visual Studio, Office, or even QuickBooks. Another aspect that the present Metro UI sorely lacks is that it’s missing built-in apps for media or even mail. Exhaustive and easy to access apps will have to be created for the Metro UI, and the work will have to be completed quickly to maintain a technological distance from its competitive developers.

WIndows 8: One OS for All

Traditional computing through platforms such as PC’s, desktops, and notebooks has made way for avant-garde technology such as smartphones and tablets. Needless to say, the need to bridge the gap between traditional and mobile computing through the introduction of an all pervasive operating system has been felt for a while. Windows 8 has been touted by Windows as the solution to this unique and instrumental puzzle. The Metro UI is the single user interface that will serve as the premier platform with the power and capability to manage all devices that fall under the vast categories of the smartphone, tablet, PC, and Xbox.

Windows Live Tiles

The Windows Live Tiles are every developer’s dream. These tiles allow for more than just the launching of applications. It is possible to gain valuable information from these Live Tiles which includes current postings, as well as any RSS feeds you subscribe to. The functionality will in all likelihood sustain innovative functions as developers begin to build additional applications around it. Even in the pre-beta version, the Windows 8 Live Outlook Tile allows for live updates corresponding to how many unread messages are currently in your inbox. This is just one example.

Future of Computing Lies in Cloud Services

Many interfaces that are dependent on cloud services are fully supported by Windows 8 which means that interfaces such as Flickr, LinkedIn, as well as Facebook and Azure, AppFabric or Skydrive will operate conveniently while being accessible through Windows 8 on your tablet, smartphone, and/or computer. With social media networking and micro blogging websites sweeping the world off their feet, apps geared toward maximizing the user experience will be expected from developers of apps for Windows 8.

Unified Experience

Smartphones have become a necessity. With technology that can be carried around in your pocket, Windows 8 fulfills the need of a highly sync-friendly OS that allows for one-platform access to multiple devices. In order to accomplish this, Windows 8 comes together with the developers of Metro Apps so that a unified and seamless experience can be offered to the user. Many different types of contracts will be signed between Metro Apps and Windows 8 to facilitate the user experience. These include search contracts that allow for developers to fabricate searching apps so that users can search other apps while they are not being used, sharing contracts between apps, media apps, and so on.

Better Exposure for Developers

The launch of Windows 8 also signifies an opening up of the market. The exposure levels that developers have received in the past are all set to be increased by a large margin. The primary reason for this is that developers are no longer limited to just creating applications for desktops, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. With Windows 8 OS, they can create applications that will simultaneously fulfill the needs of all these devices and can be accessed from any of them.

While computers is where the hardware gold is, the fact is that the actual money and passion of innovation lie in the smartphone market. The Windows 8 OS allows for an amalgamation of these two worlds leading to a considerable amount of resources that will be made available to developers of apps as the demand for them increases in the conjoined, larger, and future market.

The Power of the Future

The future of computing lies in the convergence of traditional and mobile computing. Windows 8 is the bridge between these two. While Windows 8 is being hyped as the next best thing, the fact is that this is just the pre-beta version. The final version of Windows 8 promises to pack more power than anybody has seen as of yet.


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