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Mastering Windows 8 C++ App Development by Pavel Yosifovich

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Preface

Windows 8 is Microsoft's latest client operating system. On the one hand, it continues the trend of Windows 7, establishing a stable, robust, and modern operating system. On the other hand, however, it changes a lot of the assumptions and habits learnt from previous Windows versions.

The ubiquitous Start button is gone from the Taskbar—and the desktop is no longer the first thing to see when a user logs in. A new Start Screen awaits the unsuspecting user, filled with "live tiles" that change their content periodically. The classic Start menu is nowhere to be found; curiously enough, the desktop can be found as one of the tiles in that Start Screen.

The new look and feel of Windows 8 is obviously targeted at Tablet devices—numerous models ...

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