Microsoft really, really wants you on the Windows RT bandwagon

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  • Programming languages used: Developers can code their Metro style apps in C/C++, C#, VB, XAML, DX, Javascript and last, but not least, HTML.
  • Runs on ARM devices: The same app package that you build on Visual Studio 2012 will work on x86, x64 and ARM devices.

  • Analytics: Developers get the chance to get detailed statistics on the app, such as total downloads of apps, popularity divided among countries, age groups, etc.


In talking with Metro developers at the event, they praised the simple approach and the design capabilities of Metro. What didn't stand out, however, are the extremely limited sets of APIs. While Win32 was more flexible and offered developers creative ways to access hardware and certain Windows features, WinRT apps have only a very limited set of instructions with next to no access to Windows features or direct file system access.

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