Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What is ‘Metro’?

Yesterday Microsoft introduced us to Windows 8.  If you want to download the new bits, you can here. The  screen shots have been shared millions of times across the net so I wont show them to you here.  But what I want to talk about is the new Design Language that Microsoft is focused on.  It is called Metro.

This Design Language is not new to you if you have been programming for the Windows Phone. But if you have been focused on the desktop and client server apps, which are still very prevalent, then this is new to you or you are just learning about it.

Ziff Davis has a small article on Metro.  The interesting thing to me about this write-up is the graphic:

(image courtesy of @longzheng) via ZD

If you are like me, you have been focusing on the right side of this picture, what Microsoft now is referring to as Desktop Apps.  This is the traditional .Net, HTML, Win32 based apps  that we all know and love.  This includes today’s Internet apps and client server apps.

The left side of the graphic is new to most of us. Though we have been utilizing the languages and the technology in the upper portion (presentation), the lower part of the green section is new.  It looks to be all encompassing. It controls the basic services all apps will be utilizing.

I am not offering anything new here.  I just thought some of you may want to start gathering up as much information as you can about this “new” way of doing things so when Windows 8 hits the bricks you will be ready.  I know that I am going to do just that.

till next time…

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