While Windows 8 is ushering in an exciting new model for Windows
development called "Metro style apps" that run a new "unified" Windows
Runtime (WinRT), it's not necessarily the right choice for all new
Windows software development. In fact, there are a lot scenarios where
it's not a good choice.
In this over-simplified decision tree, I try to provide some crude logic
for how to pick between your platform options. Clearly, there are many
nuances not covered in this tree, but I'll work on expanding the "logic"
to make it more bullet proof in the coming weeks. The first decision is the most important, though: Do you need to continue building apps that work in Windows 7?
If your answer to this question is "Yes," Metro style apps and WinRT should not be on your radar. These are Windows 8 only
technologies, and there will be no backport layer that will let you run Metro apps on Windows 7.
That means any project that has as a requirement "Support Windows 7
clients," should only be considering WPF, Silverlight, WinForms, and
like ASP.NET). It's that simple.
IF, however, you want to put apps on the Windows Tablets that will start
shipping late next year, and IF you accept that these apps will only
run in that Windows 8 Metro environment, then
you should start digging-in to and learning WinRT.
For everyone else, don't lose sight of reality. And reality in a Windows
7 world (that will still work in a Windows 8 world) means Silverlight,
WPF, and HTML5. (And, of course, Telerik
is already armed with all of the tools you need for today's reality,
and we're preparing tools for tomorrow's Metro option