Metro apps

Daniel Zwolenski zonski at
Wed Dec 26 16:00:05 PST 2012

This was also asked somewhat in that massive 'mobile' thread on the OTN

No response but perhaps it got lost in all the noise on that thread.

jsmith gives some good info on the difference between Windows Metro,
Windows 8 and Windows RT. It's worth getting clear on the terminology since
it's all very messy thanks to some MS branding issues.

To do an app that has a "metro-style" UI could well just be a case of
skinning things differently and adding some new controls but this would
really only work on normal Windows (I think Windows 8 will run Java but
in compatibility mode). To actually run a "metro-style" app on Windows RT
(MS's new OS for ultra-portable computers) I think requires a port of the
JDK and JFX to that platform. There are a bunch of technical challenges
with such a port I believe (e.g. RT is heavily sand-boxed from the looks of

It would be great if someone from Oracle could clarify all this, but given
the xmas break I think things are a little quiet at the moment.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Pedro Duque Vieira <
pedro.duquevieira at> wrote:

> I'm asking this (below) because while doing a metro version of javafx
> controls in my project JMetro, I wonder how things like the app toolbar
> will be implemented, if the javafx team is already doing it and if not how
> should I go about doing it..
> On Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 9:23 PM, Pedro Duque Vieira <
> pedro.duquevieira at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Are you going to support Metro apps? That is, with all that implies:
> >
> >    1. Different type of interface
> >       1. full window
> >       2. app toolbar
> >       3. charms toolbar
> >       4. tile API: show images on start screen inside tile,
> >       notifications, etc
> >       5. metro animations
> >       6. etc
> >    2. If so (answer to 1 is yes), than how are you going to implement
> >    that? Will you code javafx versions of things like the app toolbar or
> are
> >    you going to rely on system calls to make this stuff show up? (don't
> know
> >    if the later option exists or is possible)
> >
> > Thanks, best regards,
> >
> > --
> > Pedro Duque Vieira
> >
> --
> Pedro Duque Vieira

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