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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AppX and WiX
by TemporalBeing on Tue 5th Apr 2011 15:21 UTC
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Seriously though, from the example AppX test in the article it reminders me of WiX ( - Microsoft's GNU GPL project!)- Windows Installer XML - in the XML form. Wonder how closely they are related; at the very least WiX would be AppX's predecessor, if not the technology itself.

That said, WiX has been used by Microsoft internally for a long time, even on some major projects to what I understand. It compiles to MSI files; though you could just as easily use it in straight XML if the engine supported it.

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