Now we know why Microsoft has been so reluctant to divulge details of how to deploy a business app that uses the Windows Runtime (also known as Metro apps or Windows Store apps; though in this case the Windows Store app designation is particularly silly since these apps are precisely not Store apps).
…continue reading Internal Windows Runtime apps are prohibitively expensive to deploy, says Microsoft Regional Director
The Windows Runtime, the new touch-friendly platform in Windows 8. It solves many problems. Not only is it tablet-friendly, but apps are sandboxed for security, and easy to deploy. No setup hassles, just one-click (or tap) install or uninstall. It also supports three types of development covering most tastes: native C++, .NET Framework, or HTML
…continue reading Windows Runtime flaws spoil new Windows Store (Metro) apps
I watched the Windows Runtime (WinRT) “Ask the Experts” session from Build 2012; I did not get to attend in person as it conflicted with Herb Sutter’s session on C++. The session was chaired by Martyn Lovell.
Here is what I thought most significant or interesting.
Microsoft knows that certain types of apps
…continue reading Microsoft answers Windows Runtime questions
Now that I have a lovely ITWriting.com App I thought I should check out whether it is ready to fly.
I therefore ran the App Certification Kit that installs with Visual Studio 2012.
The tool asks you to select an installed app and then exercises it. I saw my app open, though I did
…continue reading The Windows Runtime App Certification Kit: not too good detecting crashes and hangs
What would it take to create a Windows 8 Modern UI content reader for this site? Just for fun, I built a simple one; or rather, I slightly adapted Microsoft’s Metro style blog reader tutorial.
The app only has four screens (or pages) but despite its simplicity I found the tutorial somewhat fiddly. Getting the
…continue reading Developing a Windows Runtime app: some observations
After trying out Windows 8 notifications from a Windows Forms application, I did a bit of research into using the Windows Runtime (WinRT) API from desktop applications.
It turns out that this is something Microsoft planned for:
Desktop apps should for the most part be able to use WinRT. This is an area where we
…continue reading Using Windows Runtime (WinRT) APIs from desktop applications