2. Windows Store Apps and WinRT Components

Windows store apps is a label with a little bit of history behind it. The story began in 2010 when Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 7 Series. The “Series” part of the name was later dropped, but new developers to the platform quickly learned that Windows Phone 7 featured the design philosophy referred to as “Metro” that was heavily influenced by earlier Microsoft projects including Zune and Windows Media Center. Many developers were excited to see the Metro design language appear in the earliest versions of Windows 8.

If you created a Windows Store app in early 2011 when the Developer Preview version of Windows 8 was released, you fired up a copy of the Visual Studio 11 Preview and chose your language ...

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