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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8, Microsoft's latest client operating system, looks quite different than its Windows 7 predecessor. With a new Start (home) screen, it promises to be a redesigned system, not just on the UI front but also in the way applications are written. A new style of applications is available for Windows 8 (and later) that are quite different from the "normal" applications (that are still very much supported).

In this chapter, we'll take a quick tour of the new Windows 8 features, specifically those related to the new application type, known as Windows Store apps (formerly "Metro").

Introducing Windows 8

Windows 8 has been described by Microsoft as "Windows reimagined", which is not a false statement. From ...

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