6 Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

Have you heard about Windows 8 often? What surprised SOT was, when hearing that Windows 8 has new display, and also many new features. However, by so many new changes, in fact there are some old features which are left by Windows 8. There are some Windows 7 features which are no longer exists in Windows 8 such as gadget, start menu, games folder and many more. The most impressive change for SOT is Metro UI display, Windows 8 style, or known more as Modern UI.

Modern UI was introduced tend to Tablet users, but this assumption is only from SOT. That’s why Windows 8 is provided in two versions, which are Pro and also RT. Its application is also available in two versions, desktop and also Metro. Do you know the difference between both? If you haven’t found out, SOT now will discuss about the difference between desktop and metro applications in Windows 8.

 

#1 Metro UI Application Design Display

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

In the beginning, we have discussed about Windows 8 display renewal with its Modern UI. What do you think about this Modern UI from Windows 8, do you like or hate it? In the first time Windows 8 appeared, actually this Modern UI design named Metro UI, since it is focused on image typography which appeared in Traffic sign. The average of Metro UI applications run in full screen display and hide Option display which made us focused on the application.

 

#2 Application is always in Windows Store

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

If you want Windows 8 with Metro UI or Modern UI applications, you can get it in Windows Store. By visiting Windows Store, then searching for applications you wanted and install it, then you have already enjoy this Metro UI design application. It surely different with desktop application you commonly download and install easily. But it is more profitable for user, since by this way, malware and viruses would be filtered first by Microsoft.

 

#3 Sandboxed

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

In Windows with desktop application, we know what we called as User Account Control, it means that application can be run as Administrator. So, this application would be able to access files or system they needed. Does it endanger your privacy? But it is different with Metro UI application. This Metro UI application is similar like Android, you can read what the application needed to be installed. So, if you feel disturbed because this application accessing your privacy too much, you don’t need to install it. This feature is called as Sandboxed.

 

#4 Always active and cannot be terminated

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

This metro application is similar like mobile application, so you cannot close the application when you come out from the application. The application will be run in background and doesn’t consume too much memory. If you think you can use Task Manager to close the Metro application, that’s definitely wrong. Microsoft makes an unclear reason so that user wouldn’t be able to close Metro application. That’s why you wouldn’t be able to see close button on upper right of Metro application exists.

 

#5 Applications cannot run at the same time

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

Not similar as desktop application which is able to run many application at once, whether application which seemed with various window or run in background, Metro UI application is only able to run by using two applications, the first application run on ¾ of screen, while the second apps run on ¼ screen. This feature is called as Snap. It surely different with Windows 7 which has Aero display with 50/50 snap when we do apps multitasking from the screen.

 

#6 Metro UI Application programming

Differences of Desktop Applications and Metro Applications in Windows 8

In Metro application, developers are able to create it using C/C++ or .NET, JavaScript and HTML5 language programming. Here, Microsoft expects that there would be so many developers would be interested in creating Windows 8 apps according to language programming they understood. Metro UI application also support x86 and ARM devices, makes it possible to run in Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT.

 

Those are differences from desktop applications and Metro UI in Windows 8 application. Which one do you prefer? Desktop application or Metro UI application if you use Windows 8?

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