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    How AppX will improve the Windows 8 App Store Experience

    Posted: 04 Apr 2011 06:53 PM PDT


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    As rumored in the past, Microsoft will be launching an app-store with Windows 8. With the recent unveiling of the Windows 8 PDF reader written under the AppX Package model, Long Zheng was able to crack down the AppXManifest.xml file and explain what it really means for Windows 8 users:

    … AppX concerns only the deployment aspect of applications. More precisely, it's a tight specification that describes how applications are packaged and installed.

    Within the XML file, attributes such as Application Architecture (framework required, operating system version), dependencies (minimum version requirements), and OS extensions (associated filetypes) were among the few to be listed.

    Microsoft’s intentions for AppX is to create a universal framework to allow greater compatibility between various applications, including those of different frameworks. One notable feature is the ability to review the security-based capabilities requested by the application itself.

    It is quite clear at this stage, that Microsoft is aggressively working on AppX to tie in with the Windows 8 Application store.This will finally provide a long-awaited solution for users to easily find apps, as well as eliminate many issues that may arise regarding compatibility.

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    A quick notice about our Downloads section

    Posted: 04 Apr 2011 06:14 PM PDT

    It has come to my attention many of our readers are assuming we will be releasing a Windows 8 build download in our download section. That is not our intention for this page. The page will be a spot for users to download Windows 8 themes, gadgets, apps, and utilities, as they are released.

    We hope the Windows 8 community understands our respect and compliance for copyright law, and Microsoft’s hard work in the operating system.

    Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or concerns regarding our website. It seems that much of the community has refrained from mentioning us on their pages, and we would like to know if this had been the reason.

    Once again, we thank all our visitors for continuing to support us and reading our articles.


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    First Windows 8 screenshots of “Metro UI” featured in Internet Explorer and AppX PDF Modern Reader

    Posted: 04 Apr 2011 02:27 PM PDT

    More Windows 8 screenshots leak today, exposing more about the integrated PDF reader, and first actual demonstration of the tile UI being put into play with Internet Explorer. These are the first screenshots that really show off Metro UI being integrated into Windows 8 apps, and they look really nice.

    Seems to me the man (Rafael Rivera) behind unlocking the Windows 7 M3 taskbar has gotten his hands on Windows 8, and is not shy to reveal [via Neowin] what he has found. But first…

    Windows 8 AppX PDF Reader – Modern Reader

    Windows 8 will finally feature a built-in PDF reader, called Modern Reader. And of course, Microsoft has not been shy to incorporate what will most likely be the biggest UI changes in Windows history. Call it what you like: Metro UI, Immersive UI, Tile UI – you will see that there is a common minimalistic theme throughout the designs, similar to Windows Phone 7.

    Page slider can be found on the side

    Changing pages on the slider will display a back button in the top-left corner to revert back to previous position

    Side-by-side view

    It will be one of the first apps to use the AppX  application package type. Paul Thurott who had contributed to this finding had this to say about AppX:

    AppX is a new type of packaged application model in Windows 8, and it very closely resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages.

    Tile-based UI seen in Internet Explorer:

    Now we are finally able to see Metro UI really make its way into Windows 8. Below are the latest pictures of Internet Explorer in Windows 8.


    Long Zheng will be revealing some interesting Windows 8 material tomorrow. Be sure to hit up his Twitter account or come back tomorrow for more updates.

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