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Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 able to run the same apps via AppX?

Microsoft to have AppX in Windows 8 - could be very beneficial to all Microsoft-based platforms

| Software News | Posted: Apr 6, 2011 2:54 am

Windows 8 is not only including a tile-based shell for tablets called "Immersive", but there will also include "AppX": a new type of packaged application model in Windows 8 that resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages.


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This would then mean the AppX application type could be common between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this provides developers with a way to write applications for both platforms. This would also allow Microsoft an avenue to have apps working on two Windows operating systems on a variety of different devices like desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. This is pretty exciting stuff!


Attributes of AppX include (but are not limited to):


Application identity - name, publisher, version


Application architecture - processor architecture, type of application, framework required, operating system version


Dependencies - name, publisher and minimum version of other required applications


Capabilities - networking, file system and profile capabilities requested by the application


OS extensions - associated filetypes and protocols, AutoPlay, "Charms," notifications, splash screen


Tile customization - logo, name, description and colors for the tile-based user interface



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