CHAPTER 1

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Introduction to Windows 8 Development

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced significant changes to the underlying platform and user interface. These new features include a new start screen experience, Windows stores to purchase apps from a single repository, and a new platform known as Windows Runtime (WinRT).

WinRT provides a new set of APIs and tools to create a new style of touch-first apps that are fast and fluid. These apps are generally called Windows Store Apps.

For the purposes of this book, some of the key things to know about WinRT and Windows Store apps include

  • Windows 8 Apps runs in Windows X86, x64, and ARM processors. ...

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