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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Silverlight/XNA vs Native Code
by RichterKuato on Tue 5th Apr 2011 04:22 UTC
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As cool as it sounds for Microsoft to be embracing multiple architectures and being free of x86 and all. It seems far fetched to think that Microsoft will get everyone to abandon native code and move to their AppX Application Model. I doubt MS would take such a risk either.

If I'm wrong then cool. It just doesn't sound likely to me.

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