Note: Checkout this video at 3min 45sec to hear Larson-Green deliver this bombshell.
Ars Technica's Peter Bright has an excellent piece on this.
Windows developers have invested a lot of time, effort, and money into the platform. Over the years, they've learned Win32, COM, MFC, ATL, Visual Basic 6, .NET, WinForms, Silverlight, WPF. All of these technologies were, at one time or another, instrumental in creating desktop applications on Windows.
I encourage all developers out there to read Bright's article because if nothing else is should make everyone aware of just how transient 'skills' (even well-established ones) can be and how a paradigm shift (such as away from the mouse and towards the finger) can affect the entire ecosystem.
As someone who has spent a lot of time over the years at the codeface, I wouldn't be panicing right now? Why? Well, for a few reasons:
- This isn't the first time that Microsoft has tried integrating HTML with Windows ... technologies such as Active Desktop and the Channel Bar spring to mind.
- We're only talking about touch here, not the entire Windows dev ecosystem. And touch is a gamble - it might take off, it might wither on the vine. It's very early days. If you don't remember Active Desktop and the Channel Bar then that underlines my point.
So, I don't think that there's anything to panic about. It's early days.