Windows 8 marks beginning of new WinRT computing era: Gartner
Gartner feels that Windows 8 marks the beginning of the new WinRT ( Windows Runtime) computing era and the beginning of the end of the WinNT era.
The combination of the WinRT programming model, a new user interface (UI), and legacy WinNT support will allow users to continue running their Win32 programs alongside new WinRT apps. Gartner analysts said WinRT is a new platform designed to keep Microsoft relevant in a future that will be dominated by mobile devices. Microsoft will position WinRT as its strategic platform for new development, but most users will continue to run Win32 applications for 10 or more years.
“”Windows 8 is the start of Microsoft’s effort to respond to market demands and competitors, as it provides a common interface and programming API set from phones to servers. It is also the beginning of the end of Win32 applications on the desktop,”" said Michael Silver, vice president and analyst at Gartner.
“Microsoft will continue to support Win32, but it will encourage developers to write more manageable and engaging applications using WinRT.”
Gartner expects that the Windows Desktop and legacy Windows applications will decline in importance in future Windows client releases. Metro is a new interface model that will lock organizations into the next generation of Windows. However, Silver said that enterprises will take many years to move their applications to the new model, and it will take at least five years for significant traction of Metro-style apps to pervade all areas of user-facing enterprise apps.
Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.