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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Desktop apps versus Store apps

All the applications running on Windows systems prior to Windows 8 are called Desktop applications in Windows 8 terminology. These are the regular, normal applications, which can be built with any of the various Microsoft technologies, such as the Win32 API, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), Active Template Library (ATL), .NET technologies (WPF, Silverlight, Windows Forms, and so on), and any logical combination of these. These types of applications are still very much supported in Windows 8, so there's really nothing special here.

The other type of applications supported in Windows 8 is the Store applications. These applications are unsupported in previous Windows versions. Windows Store apps are the focus of ...

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