Introduction to Windows 8.1
This chapter introduces you to Windows 8.1 and Windows Store apps, starting with the history of Windows, including a discussion on the evolution of user interfaces (UIs) from the textual interfaces up to modern gestures on multitouch devices. After we’ve refreshed your memory and highlighted the concepts of modern UIs, you’ll be ready to understand what’s under the hood of Windows 8.1. You will look at the Immersive apps and learn the philosophy behind the Windows Store apps’ UI and how it has influenced the development of Windows 8.1 to give you the knowledge to create user-centric applications. Obviously, having knowledge without the tools to implement it doesn’t make much sense; so during this introduction, we’ll also show you the developer environment that you need to use to develop applications for Windows 8.1.