Windows 8 vs Android–a developers perspective

I was pointed in the direction of this article by a colleague “Shocker: Windows 8 is an Android killer”.

It is a smörgåsbord of great quotes. Windows 8 is going to be awesome 🙂

“working with Windows 8 is simple and enjoyable”

“In those seven weeks, we’ve managed to create a solid first version, that works across all resolutions, laptops, desktops and tablets, whether they use a touch screen, pen or mouse. Development was easy”

“The fact that you can develop native applications for Windows using HTML and JavaScript is huge: in our case, it meant that every single engineer in our company already knew how to develop for Windows.”

“I have paused all our Android development in favour of Windows 8”

“Working with Android is complicated and painful”

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New to Expression Blend? Then check out these two videos over on BlendInsider

Many of us are familiar with:

  • Editing code in Visual Studio
  • Editing HTML files in a text editor (perhaps Visual Studio)
  • Editing XAML files in a text editor (perhaps Visual Studio)

But… far fewer of us are familiar with Expression Blend… which turns out to be a “must have” for Windows 8 Metro style app development as it does a great job of editing HTML and XAML.

Windows Forms meets Windows 8 Metro

Are you a Windows Forms developer looking to develop a touch enabled application?

Perhaps a touch enabled application that sports the latest Windows 8 Metro style of applications?

One choice would be to take forward your .NET skills and learn the new XAML presentation framework that comes with Windows 8 and Visual Studio 11. This would give you a great solution… but it would only work on Windows 8,. For many companies this is not a problem as they are targeting deployment through the App Store. However for some applications (LOB being a great example) the limitation is too restrictive and for others, learning a new presentation framework may not make sense right now after making a significant investment in Windows Forms.

There are alternatives and one I have recently come across is teleriks RadControls for Windows Forms which now includes a Metro theme.

Check out the video. Very nice.

P.S. In case you were wondering, Windows 8 Metro style applications have many other helpful features other than offering a great experience for touch. These include roaming support, lifecycle management, notifications, contracts and more.

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A case study in moving a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro app

Two great posts by the Telerik team documenting what it took to move a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro style app. I would recommend you download a high resolution pdf (7MB) of the posts.


Designing a Windows 8 Metro style app starting from an existing Windows Phone app – Design Case Study Part 1

Which covered:

How to design a Windows 8 Metro style app starting from an existing Windows Phone app – Part 2

Which covered:

Or better still… download the high resolution pdf (7MB)

Windows 8 Tablets… what I’ve spotted so far

We all would love to see the list of Windows 8 tablet machines…but for the moment the OEMs are largely keeping their powder dry.

However I have pulled together what I have spotted so far … which is certainly enough to keep me excited 🙂 Be warned … some are simply rumours!

In date order:

September 2011: Samsung Windows 8 Developer Preview

The “Build tablet” reviewed on techradar.

January: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga “multi-position notebook” aka notebook/tablet

This sweet looking machine was unveiled in January 2012. I’m currently using a Lenovo W520 and rate Lenovo machines highly.

This one comes in at 3.1 pounds with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Read more on tom’s guide and on Wikipedia


February: Windows 8 Consumer Preview event

Included the Samsung preview slate from Build, Lenovo U300 (not a tablet) and devices from Texas Instruments and Qualcomm

Watch the video where we showed off some of the hardware.

Read coverage of the event.

April 16th: Intel Cove Point Ultrabook-Tablet Hybrid

12.5-inch screen, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port


Photos Intel

They also showed this interesting take on Windows 8.

From this:


To this when you close the lid. Yes… that is Windows 8 peaking out underneath:


Read more on Wired.

Go 1:10 into the video

April 27th: HP Tablet Rumour

Rumour reported on zdnet/neowin of a HP 10.1 inch tablet with  8 to 10 hours of battery and slightly thinner than an iPad.

Read more on zdnet.

May 15th: Windows 8 Ultrabook Intel reference design

Nothing new from April above but you can read more on engadget.

May 24th: Dell Tablet Rumour

Rumour reported on neowin of a 10.1inch tablet, 2GB RAM and  running Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core with up to 12 hours of battery life.

Read more on neowin.