Developers Concerned About Windows 8

Last week, Microsoft gave a public preview of Windows 8. While many observers gave the new interface positive interface, developers overwhelmingly expressed alarm. That’s because as Ars Technica writes, “they were told that all their experience, all their knowledge, and every program they have written in the past would be useless on Windows 8.”

In a video describing the new OS, Microsoft Vice President Julie Larson-Green says, “our new developer platform, which is, uhh, it’s based on HTML5 and JavaScript.” For developers who have put a lot of time and energy into learning Microsoft technologies, this big change is troubling, to say the least.

Microsoft has promised more details for developers about the new OS at its BUILD event in September.

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