With the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week, it seems this might be the right time to bring forth some new improvements in the Windows 8 app development scenario. According to a recent post by Microsoft’s Jake Sabulsky on the new app developers blog, Microsoft has brought about some new developments in the manner in which Metro style apps for Windows 8 will be developed. Hence, for those who happen to be interested in developing Metro apps for the Windows 8 operating system need to take a look at this post.
The blog post mentions several new additions for making Windows 8 apps. Amidst request from the developers who told Microsoft after the release of the Developer Preview that they wanted to render their apps quickly in DirectX while also making use of the Metro user interface. Sabulsky states that Microsoft has now added three new XAML types for supporting a large range of DirectX features. He states:
With the Consumer Preview, you can now smoothly integrate XAML and DirectX 11 in the same Metro style app to create a fast and fluid experience. For example, you can now create a DirectX game and use XAML to process input, create graphics for heads-up displays and menus, or bind to your app’s data model.