Windows 8 brings a new style of development called “Metro Applications”. If you are a developer programming in .NET, there is something new you have to learn.
As a .NET developer, why should you care about Windows 8? Your knowledge will be applicable for building Desktop, Tablet and Windows Phone applications. Hence, you should definitely care about it.
Unlike traditional desktop apps, a Metro style app has single, chrome less window that fills the entire screen by default, so there are no distractions. A Metro style app can support different layouts and views to create a fluid and harmonious experience across a variety of form factors and display sizes.
Windows 8 Platform and Tools
You will be able to develop Metro style applications using
- XAML and .NET(C#/VB)
- XAML and C++
- DirectX and C++
We have only talked about new things. If you haven’t read anything about Windows 8 before, you must be wondering by now that what happened to my .NET framework. Metro style applications and standard desktop applications will run on top of .NET framework 4.5 runtime.
Useful Pointers which can help you get started
A few facts about Windows runtime
What’s a metro style app?
Design case study: Website to Metro style app
Deep dive into Windows RT