Windows 8 will run traditional Windows applications as well, but the company will encourage developers to adopt this new approach to application development that depends on the new wave of web technologies.
In Windows 8, each app the user installs will have its own tile in the Start pane, an interface that’s a hybrid of user information and application navigation. One of the tiles that can be seen in the screenshot above is for a Windows Store. Presumably, Microsoft is following Apple’s lead on this one, and the Windows Store will be a lot like the Mac App Store.
If you’re a developer who wants to get into the practical details of Windows 8 development, Microsoft has set up an event called BUILD for this September.