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: XPS dead?
by Lennie on Tue 5th Apr 2011 09:11 UTC in reply to "XPS dead?"
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I thought Silverlight was pretty much pronounced dead by Microsoft for anything desktop-like other than DRM-audio/video:

Or that is only true for the web ?

Edited 2011-04-05 09:23 UTC

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RE[2]: XPS dead?
by vivainio on Tue 5th Apr 2011 09:32 in reply to "RE: XPS dead?"
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The article says:

"It seems like the pieces of the puzzle are all falling into place: Windows NT everywhere, Silverlight/.Net everywhere."

Microsoft is definitely forcing silverlight / wpf / xaml on you during windows 8 cycle.

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RE[3]: XPS dead?
by Lennie on Tue 5th Apr 2011 10:19 in reply to "RE[2]: XPS dead?"
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I thought I had read into the article, Silverlight only for the tablet devices. But later on I changed by comment as you can see, but you posted while I was editing it I guess.

Maybe I was just confused.

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RE[2]: XPS dead?
by nt_jerkface on Tue 5th Apr 2011 15:55 in reply to "RE: XPS dead?"
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Silverlight was never pushed for desktop use. It was designed as a richer alternative to Flash.

Don't spend too much time reading Peter Bright articles since he doesn't know half of what he pretends to. He did some Win32 programming years ago and for some reason he feels that qualifies him to write about .NET and other technologies that he doesn't have experience with.

Silverlight has had the same problem as HTML5 which is a smaller install base when compared to Flash. Corporations have found Silverlight useful for intranet/LOB applications but it hasn't taken off in the consumer sphere.

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