Thinking Outside the Windows 8 Box


At the Microsoft Tech-Ed conference this week, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to show how cool the new Metro user interface is for Windows 8, especially on a tablet PC.

But while the Windows 8 user interface may have a lot of appeal to consumers that will see it as an extension of the Windows Phone user interface, there will be a lot of corporate environments where the Metro interface will be viewed as being, well, a little boxy.

But at the Tech-Ed conference, Telerik, a provider of application development tools for building Windows applications, is previewing RadControls for Metro. According to Chris Sells, vice president of Telerik's Developer Tools division, RadControls for Metro is designed to give developers more control over how data is actually presented in a Windows 8 environment. In essence, developers, if they so choose, can eschew the boxy approach that Microsoft seems to favor for Windows 8.


Sells says that the initial wave of Windows 8 applications will probably stay close to the basic Metro user interface. But Sells says developers will soon after be looking for ways to have more control over how data is presented in an era where the way data is visualized is going to determine which applications actually succeed in corporate environments.

With Windows 8, Microsoft is hyper-focused on a consumer market that it sees Apple increasingly taking over. In its zeal to crush Apple, however, developers may have to look outside of Microsoft for some additional guidance on how to maximize the appeal of Windows 8 in corporate environments