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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XPS dead?
by sdhays on Tue 5th Apr 2011 03:23 UTC
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I hope that this means that M$ has decided that, no, XPS will not be taking the world by storm and that if we're going to use a standard document description format, we're going to use the one that has healthy support everywhere, not just in Windoze Vista/7.

Why does Microsoft always go on binges? 10 years after XML is introduced, "all of our formats must be XML", never mind that they're shoddily implemented and don't conform to their own blasted standard (what was the point?). The ribbon user interface is written to de-crappify M$ Office, and now *everything* must have a ribbon. So for Windows 8, everything's going to be Metro-ified. As others have said before, good design for desktop use does not equal good design for mobile usage. I even think that Apple specifically doesn't provide the same UI libraries in iOS because they want to force developers to develop for the target platform. And, as a developer, I have to say, more power to them. The people holding the purse strings seldom give a crap about design until it's far too late, so forcing good design is very welcome.

Of course, maybe Silverlight truly is the be all and end all of programming toolkits and in a few years, we'll all wonder what all the other crap was about. I won't be holding my breath, though.

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