Windows Metro apps differences between tablets and PC RRS feed

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  • Hi All!

    A question about Windows Store on different devices here. As I understand Windows 8 will be on many various devices with various capabilities and architectures.

    Let's say for example:

    x86\x64 Desktop PC - doesn't use touch interfaces, only keyboard + mouse

    x86\x64 Tablet - use touch, generaly doesn't use mouse

    ARM Tablet - the same as x86\x64 but different architecture

    So the question is - are there different versions of Windows Store for each device type? If we gonna create a Windows 8 metro app for every device, should we make it as different package for every device type or may we make it as one universal build?

    Thanks in advance!

    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:59 PM


  • You should have one app that works well with touch, keyboard, and mouse.

    Your example division between Desktop PCs and Tablet PCs is not accurate. Desktop PCs can and do have touch. Tablet PCs can and do have keyboard and mouse.

    See the Windows 8 app certification requirements:

    3.5 Your app must fully support touch input, and fully support keyboard and mouse input

    You may have separate builds for the different architectures (this is required if you're using C++, since it is platform specific), but the builds should do the same thing.


    • Proposed as answer by Andrei Marukovich Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:28 PM
    • Marked as answer by Jesse_F Monday, July 2, 2012 3:17 PM
    Wednesday, June 27, 2012 4:08 PM