by September 27, 2012 0 comments

 Bangalore, India: The excitement was palpable as 3,500 developers started on building their apps during the non-stop 18-hour hackathon conducted by Microsoft. While they were working on their Windows 8 apps, we had a chat with some developers on their thoughts on Windows 8 style app development.

One developer pointed out that the biggest plus point was that the “”UI is easy to make, just drag and drop, while everything else is loaded internally”. However, another added that the Visual Studio 2012 “tools should be more flexible”, as “they keep changing the base code from version to version, and many things get deprecated” as “2-3 library APIs had been removed from the consumer preview till the RTM preview ”.

I also talked to a team of five, who were working on 3 game apps over the entire marathon period, and their group lead had interesting points to make. He said that “with IntelliSense, it does half the work for you, and it is much faster than previous versions” and added that “Microsoft has increased their 5 million audience to 640 million on the apps front, and this is a big inspiration for developers.”

With the release of Windows 8, developers will have a bigger reach to audiences compared to android and iOS, because there is a significantly larger number of Windows 8 devices if Windows 7 users decide to adopt the new OS.

Have any of you had a chance to build Windows 8 Apps? Please share your experiences in the comments section below!

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