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A Look at Developing Apps for Windows 8

A Look at Developing Apps for Windows 8 :

The last few months have been ripe with information about the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s bold move on the entire re-design of what it means for the computing world. It’s been met with mixed reviews, but most people are optimistic about what’s going to happen with Windows 8 and are confident about it being a successful operating system. A popular outlook on the internet is that if people judge Windows 8 simply by the way it looks and by what the screenshots tell us, it’s going to fail. Whereas if people do take the time out to learn about the changes in the operating system and do some research about what it brings to the table, it could strike gold for Microsoft.

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A Look at Developing Apps for Windows 8 :

A quick Look at Developing apps for windows 8

The Success of Windows 8: 

Leaving product research up to consumers is tricky. Consumers have become lazy, and not a lot of them want to spend time doing in-depth research on something as complex as operating systems. That’s the primary reason why Microsoft is investing time in making advertisements that appeal to consumers. The Surface will play a big role in determining the uptake of Windows 8 and the future for this version of Microsoft’s bold move in operating systems.

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Role of the Developers of Windows 8 Applications: 

Well, that’s the consumers figured out. What happens to the developers? Those who are responsible for ensuring that the consumers get the right applications to work with? After all, Microsoft’s entire policy is the Metro UI and apps, so what happens with the developers? Here’s where things get a little more complicated for Microsoft. For many app developers, it might make a lot of sense to not develop Microsoft apps till the operating system itself takes off and there’s a wide consumer base to cater to. For the financially responsible and those tight on cash (smaller developers), it would be an extremely bold move to start developing apps for Windows 8 right now.

A look at Developing Apps for windows

A Look At Developing Apps for Windows 8

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Developing Windows 8 Applications: 

But what’s it like developing applications for Windows 8? Essentially, you’re going to need to work with the Windows 8 SDK, and so far, the developers who have worked on it have stated that it’s a breeze to work with, and if you’ve worked with C++ or C# in the past, it’s a cakewalk. However, if you’re scared by big words like C++ or C#, you should know that with a combination of the in-built functions and knowledge of HTML5 and CSS3, people who come from a web design background will be able to develop extremely functional applications as well. So in order to develop apps for Windows 8, you won’t have to learn an entire SDK from the bottom-up. If you’re worried about limited functionality with HTML5 and CSS3 to carry out certain complicated tasks in programming, you can of course also throw in JavaScript in the Windows 8 SDK to make life simpler. There, that got a smile on your face didn’t it?

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Windows 8 App Development for iOS and Android Programmers: 

What’s it like for portability? Those of you who have been developing applications for iOS or Android and have been using Java or Objective-C will have a bit of trouble transporting your code into the SDK and it could take some time. But hey, no one has ever become a programmer because they wanted the easier things in life. The small bumps therefore that come with the Windows 8 SDK can easily be overlooked by the amazing functionality that it provides.

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Windows 8 App Development in a Nutshell: 

So there you have it, with a flexible yet straightforward development kit that allows you to work on a robust support infrastructure, Microsoft has basically done a really good job of ensuring that the initial hurdles that one would come across when working with a new operating system and idea are minimized. Steve Ballmer’s focus on developers could pay long-term dividends in terms of Windows 8 adoption and I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually paid off well in the short term too. Will the app framework pay a big role in migrating people over to Windows 8 with interesting apps? Microsoft sure hopes so, and a lot has been pinned on the shoulders of developers.

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Avtar Ram Singh is a technology enthusiast who covers articles on topics ranging from social media and internet technologies to consumer devices. He is currently working with Lazada.

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