Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Apr 2011 22:59 UTC
Windows And yes, the stream of controlled Windows 8 leaks continues. This time around, Thurrot and Rivera have published a number of screenshots from Windows 8's brand-new tablet user interface, and surprise surprise, its built on Metro, the same design language that underpins Windows Phone 7. Windows 8 will also include its own PDF reader, Modern Reader, which also happens to be the first application packaged in Microsoft's new AppX format. Update: Long Zheng has some technical details on AppX, including this little tidbit: "The extensive list of properties signifies the comprehensive scope of this system to be the ideal deployment strategy for 'applications', in all essence of the word. In fact, the AppX format is universal enough so it appears to work for everything from native Win32 applications to framework-based applications and even *gasp* web applications. Games are also supported."
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RE[2]: App scalability
by Stratoukos on Tue 5th Apr 2011 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE: App scalability"
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I can't see how this could be possible, regardless of platform or tools.

I simply can't see how one could express a UI in terms that could properly scale up to 1920*1200 or down to 640*320 resolutions. Non-GUI code for OS X is actually pretty close to iOS code (as in extremely close, barring any APIs that are not available on both platforms).

If Microsoft's AppX provides the same level of code sharing, it would be great for developers. If they do find a way to make porting UI code with minimal effort possible, I will be pleasantly surprised.

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