Windows 8: What's in store for developers

After the big unveil of Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview, the software giant is turning to its loyal developers to help take Windows 8 to the next level.

The importance of releasing a preview of things to come right now in the game, is having content for users when Windows 8 RTMs sometime in 2012. Although there is no scheduled release date, Steve Sinofsky mentioned that Windows 8 is not about keeping schedule release dates, but releasing a quality product.

Developers can download Windows 8 Developer Preview through the build website at http://www.buildwindows.com where everyone has the chance to get their hands on Windows 8 build 8102. This is the first public release of Windows 8, and is meant for developers around the world to begin creating applications for Windows 8’s new Metro interface.

This is what will determine the success or failure of Windows 8, if developers really get behind the development for Metro.

Included with the Windows 8 developer preview is Visual Studio 11 developer preview, which contains all of the Metro style layout templates for developers to begin building their applications. Visual Studio 11 comes with a new toolbar option called “Store”, that allows developers to quickly and easily submit their applications to the Windows Store from right within Visual Studio.

Metro applications allow for a wide range of programming languages including HTML/CSS with JavaScript, C, C#, C++, VB and XAML to develop applications with. With multiple different programming languages to choose from, Microsoft will attract a number of developers to create unique and interesting applications. With the use of HTML5/CSS3 and JavaScript, even web developers will be able to begin developing applications for Metro.

Windows Store:

The Windows Store will be available on all Windows 8 devices when it launches, and will feature both free and paid applications.

The store will be broken down into a number of categories including finance, productivity, tools, education, reference and many others. Each section, or group of tiles, will promote the featured application with promotional image and three tiles along the right hand side with top rated, top paid and top free applications. Rather than having only one section with the top rated, paid and free applications, like other mobile operating systems contain, Metro will divide these up into categories, so games like Angry Birds won’t dominate the list for weeks, months or even years at a time.

Microsoft also announced that Silverlight developers will be able to make the easy transition over to Metro applications with useful tools and documentation to convert previously made apps over.

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Can you install VS 11 in Win 7 and test apps in an emulator?

I know I can just install Win 8 in a VM but I'd prefer to run the IDE outside of a VM if possible.

geoken said,
Can you install VS 11 in Win 7 and test apps in an emulator?

I know I can just install Win 8 in a VM but I'd prefer to run the IDE outside of a VM if possible.


you likely could if there was an insraller, but it's pre installed on windowsv8

Andrew Lyle said,

you likely could if there was an insraller, but it's pre installed on windowsv8

Its entirely possible that the reason its not available (among many other reasons) is that it requires Windows 8, or at least some parts of it.