Jennifer Marsman

Windows Development

Porting apps to Windows 8 Metro

Porting apps to Windows 8 Metro

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I’ve talked to many developers who are excited about Metro app development, but say that the hardest part is coming up with an app idea.  Some folks want to walk through converting an existing app to Metro as a learning exercise.  There are other folks who have very successful websites or apps that they would like to make available on Windows 8 too. 

There are a lot of useful resources out there on porting existing applications to Metro apps that will run beautifully on Windows 8:

Design-focused articles

Porting a website

  • Migrating a web app to Metro app – this short article is focused on development and conversion of a front-end web app to a Metro app using HTML/JavaScript
  • Migrating a website to Metro app – this short article is focused on development and discusses some back-end considerations like communication, streaming, security, client package deployment, data sharing, and syndication

Porting existing XAML apps (WPF, Silverlight, and Windows Phone apps)

Leave a comment if you find other useful resources on transitioning to Metro. 

To get started with Metro development, you will need to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the Visual Studio 11 Beta for Windows 8. For more information on early access to the Windows Store, read this.
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