Enterprise Applications: Microsoft Windows 8 Puts Power, Performance in Developers` Hands

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-09-13 Print this article Print
App Switching

App Switching

Windows 8 supports connected apps switching. Apps can communicate with one another in Windows 8. Rather than switching apps to share information, you stay immersed in your app and share the information to another app right in that context, never losing your place.
At its first-ever developer-focused BUILD conference, Microsoft showcased a preview of the next major release of Windows, code-named Windows 8. In addition to releasing the Windows 8 Developer Preview, Microsoft also offered new tools for developers to help write applications for more than 1 billion people around the world who use Windows every day. This is Windows re-imagined, Microsoft officials said Sept. 12 at the start of the conference. Indeed, from the chip to the user experience, Windows 8 re-imagines Windows, Microsoft executives said. Windows 8 builds on the best parts of Windows 7 while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware experiences. The PC experience is fast and fluid, beautiful, effortless and improves upon the Windows 7 fundamentals such as speed, reliability and security. Moreover, Windows 8 introduces a new user interface (UI) designed specifically for touch, known as the Metro style UI. From typography to animations, Windows 8 allows users to experience the PC effortlessly and simply, according to the Windows 8 Developer Preview fact sheet. In addition, the developer preview includes Platform Preview 3 of Internet Explorer 10, which is a Metro style browser, the company said.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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