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  • for which os 8 or 8.1 , it would be better to develop .

    if we develop for windows 8 then it will be also supported in 8.1 !

    So i think it will have a bigger audience .

    Monday, August 26, 2013 1:01 PM

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  • If you develop for 8, it should work on 8.1.  You can only submit apps for Windows 8 to the store today.

    But...Visual Studio 21013 for Windows 8.1 has some very nice improvements and the upgrade path for users from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 will be free and easy so the 'bigger audience' argument is not strong.

    Monday, August 26, 2013 1:22 PM
  • Hi nirajk42,

    Agree with jrboddie, and your application will run in Windows 8 compatibility mode on 8.1, no warry about this. Personally I suggest you to develop an app by 8.1, then you will be able to get some significant benefits, you could also ref to here to see the new features provided by win8.1:

    • Numerous performance improvements in common scenarios, including app startup time and panning within large data collections
    • Improved rendering of animations
    • New and improved controls
    • More flexible app layouts and Window states
    • Additional tile sizes and templates
    • Better integration of contacts and calendar
    • More natural in-app search experience

    And if you still have questions on win8.1 feature, you could raise questions at Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 Preview Forums for discussing.

    Best Regards,

    --James


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    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:14 AM
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  • If you develop for 8, it should work on 8.1.  You can only submit apps for Windows 8 to the store today.

    But...Visual Studio 21013 for Windows 8.1 has some very nice improvements and the upgrade path for users from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 will be free and easy so the 'bigger audience' argument is not strong.

    Monday, August 26, 2013 1:22 PM
  • Hi nirajk42,

    Agree with jrboddie, and your application will run in Windows 8 compatibility mode on 8.1, no warry about this. Personally I suggest you to develop an app by 8.1, then you will be able to get some significant benefits, you could also ref to here to see the new features provided by win8.1:

    • Numerous performance improvements in common scenarios, including app startup time and panning within large data collections
    • Improved rendering of animations
    • New and improved controls
    • More flexible app layouts and Window states
    • Additional tile sizes and templates
    • Better integration of contacts and calendar
    • More natural in-app search experience

    And if you still have questions on win8.1 feature, you could raise questions at Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 Preview Forums for discussing.

    Best Regards,

    --James


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    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:14 AM
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  •  so the 'bigger audience' argument is not strong.

    It is very strong because 8.1 update is provided through the Store not Windows Update. It means that

    1. Users that never use the store, never even get know about the the update.

    2. Even if the users get know about update they don't touch it, because they don't want to bother themself with another problems.

    Someetimes I think that marketers from Microsoft live on fantasy world, where every citizen waits only for news from Microsoft and and gets orgasm while hearing words WINDOWS. The true is that majority don't know what version of Windows use. So the wise would be 'force' users to update through Windows Update which is set on Automatic update at most of devices.


    Andrzej

    Friday, October 18, 2013 9:20 AM