Deciding to give it a try, I downloaded Windows 8 to my personal laptop. I then ran the update that promised to keep all of my files and settings intact and held my breath. Thankfully, it turned out to be the smoothest Windows upgrade I’ve done to date.
Then, the real fun began when I took a look at the new Start Menu (or “Metro”), and saw that some of my applications from Windows 7 had been converted into nifty tiles. I logged on to the Windows developer website to find out what these were and immediately downloaded a demo copy of Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8. I think Windows 8 apps are the wave of the future and this is why:
Windows is used by Everyone
I know this is a bold statement, especially for any Apple fans out there, but the fact is Windows currently dominates the OS market. They’re making what looks like a strong move by creating an app store for the PC, but what they’re actually doing is making a power play for their mobile market.
One Size Fits All
An app that is built for a Windows 8 PC is immediately compatible with the Windows 8 mobile OS. It’s that simple. Visual Studio even gives you a virtual Surface tablet to debug your app. This means any Windows 8 developer is also building an app market for Microsoft’s new phones and tablets. Having a robust app store is the basis of all mobile OS market share.
Windows Makes it Easy
Just make sure when you’re building your apps, that you keep both touch and non-touch users in mind. Overall, I can say that building a Windows 8 app was one of the better experiences I’ve had with a platform.
Put all these factors together, along with the $39.99 base price for the upgrade (which is the cheapest Windows upgrade I’ve ever had), and Windows 8 just might be the next place you should go with your development.
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