With the recent release of the new Metro user interface, the opportunities for new Windows 8 applications are growing. In order to get to know the Metro UI and figure out how to create Windows 8 applications, I made a very simple demo application. I created a quick project that we could use for billing/tracking hours, and could also be used as a bio for each person in the company.
My experience in creating the application
Because touch plays such a big role in the Metro user interface, Windows is pushing developers to change their way of thinking when creating Metro applications. I like the challenge and to help out, there was plenty of documentation, demos, and samples on how to create basic applications with the tiles.
Microsoft has an entire user experience guideline document on how to adhere to these guidelines, and most of the styling is already built in so that when designing your application, by default you adhere to the best practices.
My Metro UI review and predictions
I liked it. I found it quite easy to get started just as if I were creating applications in any other form (Web apps, Old windows apps, etc). The built-in controls for tiles are really nice as animations. The vector-based user interface, also built-in, makes an application look sharp and behave very nicely.
The future of Metro UI applications within the corporate world will depend heavily on how easy it is to create line of business applications. In other words, will the focus be on home users or will it target people in the work place?
If companies start to adopt Windows 8 and what it has to offer in terms of portability, usability via tablets and the features that come with a touch-based user interface, line of business Metro applications could really start to take off!