Microsoft: The Time is Right for Developers to Build Win8 Metro Apps
With Windows 8 in its final phase of development, Microsoft is encouraging commercial and in-house enterprise developers to start building Metro-style applications for Microsoft's new operating system for desktops, laptops and tablets.
Because Windows 8 is still in a test version -- Release Preview -- it is possible that applications built now will have to be modified to take into account any changes made to the OS between now and then, but the modifications wouldn't be major, according to a Microsoft official.
"We only have one more milestone left for Windows 8 -- the RTM [Release to Manufacturing] -- so there's the potential that there may be some changes you'd need to make to match the final version," said Jason Zander, corporate vice president for the Visual Studio team in the Developer Division at Microsoft.
"But we're not making a ton of breaking changes, so it's a good time to start building applications for the environment. We're not 100 percent close, but we're getting pretty close," he said during an interview at the TechEd North America conference.