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Why Windows® 8 Chooses HTML 5 over Visual Basic and Java® Script?

By Harmeet ,Monday, August 1st, 2011

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HTML5 in Windows 8HTML 5 got popular ever since Apple had refused to support Flash in its iPhone 4 in favor of the former, last year. Since then there has been a dramatic shift from technologies like .Net, Visual Basic, C#, and JavaScript to something much more web friendly like HTML 5. So, why is this shift necessary for Microsoft, especially when it comes to developing a next generation operating system?

Well, the answer lies in the Windows 8 interface itself. With the debut of the Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has shifted the design in its next upcoming operating system to a one based on tiled interface. If you have seen the demo of Windows 8 by Windows President Steven Sinofsky on June 1, you may have been surprised at the massive overhaul that Microsoft has come up with in terms of the deign interface.

Since Windows 8 operating system will be designed on a web-based experience in which the apps and users profile will be directly linked to the Internet, Microsoft decided to opt for HTML 5. In the Windows 8 demo you might have also noticed the seamless navigation of Windows 8 operating system, which does not take much time to move from one menu to the next, unlike Windows Aero features. HTML 5 adds to this fluidity of the seamless navigation and makes it easier for a user to use the touch screen interface to navigate.

Microsoft also has big hopes to directly implement the Windows 8 experience on portable devices, like tablets. This seems to be one reason why HTML 5 might do wonders for Microsoft.


About Harmeet

loves to simplify technology for all readers who are interested in the genre but find it complex to comprehend. She is a writer by passion and wants to enrich the life of others by writing about the latest gadgets, apps, and devices in the simplest and the most useful manner. Her blogs are detailed, interesting, and definitely fun to read…

4 Responses to “Why Windows® 8 Chooses HTML 5 over Visual Basic and Java® Script?”
rlcabral Says:
August 6th, 2011

Microsoft will use HTML 5 because they found out how to make animations work more fluid using it? Is that the reason? Seems they realized that to keep up with competitors and offer a better product they have to gave up on their own languages. I’d like to know who’ve finally convinced Microsoft to KISS to delivery a better product.

Warum Microsoft bei Windows 8 auf HTML setzt? Says:
August 7th, 2011

[...] führt Paul Thurrots in einem Anfang Juli geposteten Blog-Beitrag aus [6]. Auch der Beitrag unter [18] rutscht auf diesen Ansätzen herum. Unter [8] wird berichtet, dass bei Bing eventuell Live Tiles [...]

Why MS choose HTML5 for Windows 8 Apps Says:
August 7th, 2011

[...] his article [6] as an approach, to unify UIs on different devices and products. Also this article [18] discusses this [...]

Jodie Says:
August 15th, 2011

I can’t believe you’re not playing with me–that was so heflpul.

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