ANAHEIM, 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.
Overall, Holecek listed four summarizing points regarding Windows 8. The upcoming OS will:
- Provide new APIs and tools for building Metro apps
- Make it so developers can have rapid and scaleable development of Metro style apps
- Provide a very complete and thought out Windows Store
"The platform takes care of the differences for developers," said Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president of Windows Experience at Microsoft.
Meanwhile, 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
"We 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."
Sinofsky 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.