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Jun 7 2011   11:53AM GMT

Developers Confused Over Direction of Windows 8

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Windows 8 seems like a very different platform than the Windows we’re all used to. Combined with Internet Explorer 9 (which will be Internet Explorer 10 by the time Windows 8 hits the street), the new OS relies heavily on HTML 5 and Javascript.

That is great for Web developers who see an opportunity in being able to integrate with the Windows desktop at an OS level, but for the legions of existing Windows developers it is cause for concern. Microsoft has spent a decade pushing the Silverlight and .NET platforms, and developers are worried about how these will fit in to the Windows 8 ecosystem.

A PCWorld article cites some developer frustration: “One participant wrote that the demos were “potentially terrible news. It almost puts me in a state of shock. My biggest fear coming into Windows 8 … was that they would shift everything to Silverlight and leave the full platform … in the dust. To my utter shock, they did something much, much, much worse.”

Microsoft has not done much to clarify the issue one way or the other yet. More details on Windows 8 and what it means for developers is expected at the BUILD conference Microsoft is hosting this fall.

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