Good2Know: Windows 8 Design Tools

Christian Schormann talks about Expression Blend’s support for building Windows Store apps using XAML and HTML.  With HTML being the new offering, Christian dives deep into the HTML and CSS features.  Download the free VS Express for Windows 8 (which now includes Expression Blend) and start building your app today.

Ready to Get Started?

  1. Visit the Windows Developer Center for a myriad of sample, docs and guidelines
  2. Join the GenerationApp program and get a jumpstart building your Windows Store app.

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Good2Read: Ten Top PaaS Trends

Researchers at Frost & Sullivan say that platform as a service (PaaS) will be the next big area of competition for cloud computing providers. That could lead to rapid changes in the PaaS market. ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland sees 10 major trends that could impact PaaS during the next five years:

  1. “Workload Growth Will Drive PaaS Adoption
  2. IaaS Providers Will Climb Up the Stack to Subsume PaaS IT
  3. Public PaaS Will Win the SMB Market
  4. Public Services Will Concede the Enterprise Market to Private PaaS
  5. Open-Source PaaS Platforms Will Flourish
  6. Open-Source PaaS Platforms Will Be Delivered via Popular Linux Distributions
  7. Proprietary PaaS Will Start to Look Like Open Source
  8. PaaS Compatibility? More Like PaaS Combatibility
  9. Orchestration and Configuration Management Will Merge With PaaS IT
  10. Hybrid Will Win the Cloud War, Thanks to PaaS”

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