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Today, Microsoft announced some of the details about Windows 8 and how it is going to change web development forever. The announcement included a number of cool points about the upcoming OS but as someone in love with HTML5, these two points stood out to me:

  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

Okay, wow. That made my developer senses all tingly and stuff. But it appears that was just the tip of the iceberg. This part completed melted my brain:

“Today, we also talked a bit about how developers will build apps for the new system. Windows 8 apps use the power of HTML5, tapping into the native capabilities of Windows using standard JavaScript and HTML to deliver new kinds of experiences. These new Windows 8 apps are full-screen and touch-optimized, and they easily integrate with the capabilities of the new Windows user interface. There’s much more to the platform, capabilities and tools than we showed today.”

Think about that for a second: HTML5 and JavaScript will have full access to the PC hardware for native Windows 8 applications. Web developers will no longer be “just web developers”. We can take our HTML5 and JavaScript web development skills and bring them to the desktop world.

Web developers will become “Everything Developers”. The distinction between desktop applications and web applications will blur even more and ultimately become one large group we can call “Windows 8 applications”.

My imagination is running wild with the the possibilities coming for HTML5 thanks to Microsoft. Windows 8 and IE10. Microsoft, you have made me a very happy HTML5 developer.

Catch you on the (desktop) side.


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Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 8:23 PM HTML5 , Internet Explorer 9 , Windows 8 | Back to top

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Wonderful article! this is the type of info that are supposed to be shared across the web.
Left by anthony scoble on Dec 14, 2015 6:05 AM

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