At its BUILD conference, Microsoft showed a lot more of Windows 8, the codename for the next major release of Windows. The software giant also shared more details on its Windows 8 developer story.
Calif. -- Having promised to shed more
light on its developer story for Windows 8 at its BUILD conference
, Microsoft gave
developers a peek at the direction it is going with the upcoming operating
system along with more details about the OS itself.
an invitation-only pre-conference workshop here, Microsoft showed off a new
Developer Preview version of Windows 8 and said developers will be able to
create Windows 8 applications using a variety of languages and technologies,
Language (XAML), C++, C# and Visual Basic. Windows 8 is the code name for the
next major release of Windows.
at the September 12 workshop, known as "backstage," Ales Holecek, a Microsoft
distinguished engineer working on Windows, said Microsoft's idea with Windows 8
displayed a diagram depicting the Windows 8 app model featuring what he called
Windows Runtime APIs. Above that layer, Holecek listed Metro style apps and
desktop apps. Windows 8 introduces a new Metro style user interface that is
built for touch. Holecek said Metro style apps can be built using XAML, C, C++,
include Internet Explorer apps, Win32 apps and .NET/Silverlight
Basic, respectively, he said.
Holecek listed four summarizing points regarding Windows 8. The upcoming OS
- Provide new APIs and tools
for building Metro apps
- Make it so developers can
have rapid and scaleable development of Metro style apps
- Give everybody a choice of
and XAML - all in Intel x86, Intel x64 and ARM
- Provide a very complete and
thought out Windows Store
just runs on ARM," said Steven Sinofsky,
president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live Division. "What we did is way
underneath abstract out the differences between the hardware."
platform takes care of the differences for developers," said Julie
Larson-Green, corporate vice president of Windows Experience at Microsoft.
the Windows 8 Developer Preview comes with Visual Studio 11 Express and its
coding resources, as well as Microsoft Expression Blend, which is a modern
design environment that enables users to drag and drop elements, then move,
style and refine them via an interactive design surface.
a new Windows Dev
Center will provide what developers
need to start building their apps, including the latest tools, APIs, compilers,
debuggers, sample apps and documentation. And the Windows Store will allow
developers to distribute their apps everywhere Windows is sold worldwide.
re-imagined Windows," Sinofsky said in his opening keynote at BUILD on Sept.
13. "From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of
capabilities without compromise."
said, essentially, Windows 8 makes Windows 7 even better. And noting that
Microsoft has sold more than 450 million copies of Windows 7, sad Windows 8 is
built upon the foundation of Windows 7, but delivering improvements in
performance, security, privacy and system reliability.