Windows 8 Previewed – HTML5 and JavaScript Apps


A preview demonstration of Windows 8 at the D9 Conference is causing a lot of discussion this week.  One of the new features that web developers are talking about is “Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.

In a press release from Microsoft: “Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences. These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface. There’s much more to the platform, capabilities and tools than we showed today.

This is very exciting news for HTML5 and JavaScript developers.

In the video above, Jensen Harris, Director of PM, Windows User Experience, walks us through basic elements of the new Windows 8 user interface.

Microsoft is planning on revealing many more details to developers in it’s upcoming BUILD event (formerly PDC) September 13-16 in Anaheim, California.

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