Why is WinRT unmanaged?

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When Windows 8 introduced WinRT, it was unmanaged. Could someone tell me why that was the case? Was it a performance issue or was it not suitable for lower level APIs?

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  • TomLiotta
    A Google search for [ winrt unmanaged ] provides links to numerous discussions about the question. As for an exact reason, only the Microsoft development group for WinRT can give an authoritative answer. -- Tom
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great question - who really knows? Perhaps it's a programmatic/API limitation or perhaps time-to-market took precedence.
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