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Marlabs - Windows 8 Developer PreviewDocument Transcript
Technology Buzz Windows 8 provides an immersive user experi- ence. Clicking a tile will bring up the application in full screen mode, if it is a metro application. A classic desktop application opens in Desktop mode just like in Windows 7. From the desktop itself, you can start typing in the keyboard to find your applications, files, and other resources. Here is the search screen in Windows 8 that lets you find applications quite easily.Marlabs Windows 8 Developer By clicking the Desktop tile, you can also access the familiar Windows desktop to run your legacy Preview desktop applications from the start screen. Lot of new features Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 8 during Other than improvements in the Build conference. Dubbed "Windows the user experience that Reimagined," the OS is optimized for tablets makes it suitable for tablets, and touch devices. Featuring a new start screen Windows 8 is loaded with a with the Metro User Interface (which gained number of new features. popular with Windows Phone 7), Windows 8 Windows 8 is designed for supports new, touch-optimized Metro applica- low power tablets, and for tions as well as legacy desktop applications on very low energy utilization. the new WinRT runtime. The boot time in Windows 8 is significantly reduced, and There are several ways to get up and running you can really feel the with Windows 8. You can either install it on a difference. Windows 8 also virtual machine in Windows, or you can install it includes Hyper V support, on a VHD (Virtual Hard Drive). In my case, I which brings Hyper V to downloaded the ISO image of Developer desktops for the first time. Preview with tools (the 4+ GB one), extracted it Windows 8 also has a lot of to a USB drive and made the USB drive boot- new security features built able, booted from that, and then installed Win- in and enables tight integration with Windows dows 8 on a Local HD Partition on my home live services. machine. Now, it is dual bootable, with Win- dows 8 and Windows 7, and all is well. Charms in Windows 8 On touch devices, swiping from the right side of For End Users the screen brings up what is known as Charms, The new start screen in Windows 8 features live an implementation of the start bar On a no-n . tiles where users can see all applications listed. touch regular PC, Charms can be accessed by Users can also receive application notifications dragging the mouse to the bottom left corner of via the tiles. the screen. For Developers Windows 8 comes with WinRT a new object- , oriented, native/unmanaged API for developing ‘Metro’ applications for Windows. WinRT APIs are expected to replace the Win32 APIs. WinRT proj- ects types using metadata and is fully object- oriented. You can access WinRT directly from managed languages like C#.