"Why build for Windows 8 now?" "Why not wait until a future
date when the platform is more stable?" These questions are valid from a
consumer and an enterprise point-of-view and here you will find the
explanation, why we, at Telerik, believe that you should start writing
applications for Windows 8 today.
You can check out the Telerik
Windows 8 UI controls here and download a free trial.
4 Solid Reasons to Start Building Today
Reason #1: You are building for the next generation
of the most popular operating system in the world (being Microsoft Windows)
Let me begin with this quote from ZDNet, "If there
are 600 million copies of Windows 7 in use, and this represents 40 percent of
the market, then simple arithmetic says the installed base is now 1.5 billion
machines. The vast majority of them -- 92.53 percent or 1.4 billion -- run
While we do not know how many copies of Windows 8 will be
sold, we do know that Windows 7 is the best-selling operating system
in history, and Windows 8 is its successor. Windows 8 also allows you to have
the best of two worlds. You can choose between the classic "Desktop" mode or
the new "Metro" mode. You can still run the same applications on Windows 8 that
you can run on Windows 7. You still have your preferred method of input,
whether it be mouse/keyboard or touch-screen devices. In other words, nothing
was removed, but features were added.
Microsoft is investing heavily in the operating system and
while it may take some time to catch on, you can get a head start by working with
Reason #2: There is no denying that the age of the
slate / tablet PC is here right now.
We’ve been hearing it since 2010, your next PC will be
some sort of slate or tablet device.
Times have changed, we used to be stuck to our office desk
because we were using a Desktop computer and if we wanted to "work from home"
that meant either physically bringing the box to your home (hopefully, you
wouldn’t do this), adding files to a USB thumb drive or connecting via VPN.
Then came the laptop, finally we could take our work with us
anywhere we wanted. The main issues that came with laptops were that they were
originally heavy and could not match the specs of a powerful desktop PC. You
could pretty much forget replacing a part if it failed. As time went by,
laptops became smaller and lightweight but not everyone wants to drag a laptop
around to watch a movie or do some basic internet surfing.
This is where we started seeing devices such as the iPad
take off. The iPad was a phenomenal success and we expect the same for the
recently announced Microsoft Surface slates. Windows 8 was built touch-first,
meaning they are expecting users to be using the Operating System with such
Reason #3: You can write your application in a
language that you already know.
More than likely if you are reading this then you have
probably done some .NET development at some point in your career. Windows 8
presents developers with the opportunity to build Metro-style applications
with C# , Visual Basic or Visual C++.
So what language do you choose?
I think Jesse Liberty, a Telerik HTML evangelist, put it
best here when he says, "Microsoft’s guidelines are to go with what you
know – if you are already a XAML programmer, by all means invest in XAML for
to Windows 8. The folks who I know who are doing both say they are more
technologies right now."
Telerik Windows 8 UI controls is the number one toolset for building native
Windows 8 touch-centric apps for the enterprise and consumer market with either
XAML or HTML. The suite offers the industry’s best support and rich
capabilities on top of WinRT, such as powerful data visualization controls –
Chart, Gauge and BulletGraph, engineered specifically for enterprise
development as well as components such as Date and Time Pickers.
It is the toolset for building apps that rule the Windows
store, helping developers easily achieve polished and delightful user
experience and rich data browsing.
of Tools is one
of the apps on the Windows store already using the Telerik UI controls for
Windows 8. "I knew I could count on Telerik for quality gauges,
charts, and controls that I'd come to rely on for the Windows Phone apps. On
Windows 8, I was worried I'd have to produce quite a few quality tools in the
initial release in order to be on track to eventually be on par with the
Windows Phone version. With the Telerik tools for Windows 8, I was up and
running in no time," says Jonathan Isabelle from digitalmason.net, the creator
of Jack of Tools.
Another customer using the Telerik
suite for his app on the store says "I chose Telerik controls because they were
the first vendor to offer solid and valid components for Windows 8. The application using the Telerik controls
has been certified immediately unlike other more complex implementations." Check out
his app here.
To help you get started more easily with your Windows 8
development, Telerik offers a wealth of resources. The free demo apps, Telerik
Examples for HTML and Telerik
Examples for XAML, give you first-hand experience with the suite and walk
you through the controls and their rich functionality. Source code in
Reason #4: You can sell your application easily in
the Windows Store or deploy it to your enterprise.
"First to Market" – is a very popular phrase meaning that
you have the advantage of being the first person in an ever expanding
marketplace. The Windows Store makes your application available to millions of
customers with minimal effort on your part. You package your application and
upload it in a similar manner as you did with Windows Phone 7. You set the
price and what markets you want your application distributed to, and Microsoft
does the rest.
Microsoft also has deployment strategies for Enterprise
customers who wish to deploy their application internally but not make it
available to everyone else in the Windows Store. These types of applications
free enterprises with worries of security breaches, as the application can only
be downloaded by selected individuals.
We hope that you have a clearer understanding of why
building for Windows 8 at this stage is very important.
You can download the Telerik
Windows 8 UI controls here.
Evangelist at Telerik
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