Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 20:03 UTC
Windows For Microsoft, the traditional desktop is old news. It's on its way out, it's legacy, and the harder they claim the desktop has equal rights, the sillier it becomes. With companies, words are meaningless, it's actions that matter, and here Microsoft's actions tell the real story. The company has announced the product line-up for Visual Studio 11, and the free Express can no longer be used to create desktop applications. Message is clear.
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RE[7]: "19th Century Dentist"
by Moochman on Wed 23rd May 2012 12:24 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: "19th Century Dentist""
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WinRT is an object oriented API with a cross language object model, strong versioning, and brokered permissions. Its not mutually exclusive to metro apps.

In my C++ desktop app, I use WinRT(via WRL) to use networking stuff and behave better wrt mobile networks, data caps, etc. Its all asynchronous using ISO C++, and works a hell of a lot better than writing a wrapper over I/O CP.

Its not ust Metro that benefits, this will make Desktop apps better.

This is kind of missing the point. MS has completely blocked desktop apps from running on Windows on ARM and in addition they are removing support for developing desktop apps from the Express edition of Visual Studio. So basically they are strongly "encouraging" everyone to scrap desktop apps and move to Metro.

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