Yesterday at build conference Microsoft released details about Windows 8. Windows 8 is available on Intel and ARM platform.

For developer they are lot of interesting capabilities. Till now if you had to develop windows desktop application , you had to learn C++ ( win32,mfc) .C# or VB.  In windows 8 that capability has expended to all web developer who knows html  JavaScript and css.

Here is how developer stack looks. All the capability is of windows are exposed via WinRT API ( brand new runtime ) , programming environment is built on top of the WinRT API, so whether you are C++ developer or JavaScript developer you will get the same capability .

You can watch the walkthrough video via channel 9 link

http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/Jensen-Harris-Walks-Us-Through-the-Windows-8-UI

Also you can download windows 8 and check yourself. Installation does not requires any activation and ISO images comes with the developer tools to developer application on windows 8.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

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