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From Jesse <>
Subject Re: Windows8 and 8.1, to merge or to branch
Date Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:12:46 GMT
Thanks for weighing in Parashuram.

There are additionally some complications with project types that are
important to consider, as well as which version of winjs to include.

The winjs inclusion can be solved simply by looking at the user-agent
string to determine if you are in an IE10 or IE11 container, however a
vs-project that is referencing 8.1 has different requirements than one that
is referencing 8.0

Not sure how to overcome the following generically:

  <SDKReference Include="Microsoft.WinJS.1.0, Version=1.0" />


On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Parashuram Narasimhan (MS OPEN TECH) <> wrote:

> I second Jesse's observation. Unless the developer uses APIs that are
> specific and new in Windows 8.1, allowing the development for Windows 8
> should be ideal as those apps can also be installed on 8.1
> The hope is, when most people upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, the
> platform can be switched. Alternatively, if people want to use APIs that
> are specific to Windows 8.1, can they not be inside plugins ?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jesse []
> Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:39 PM
> To:
> Subject: Windows8 and 8.1, to merge or to branch
> New thread, with some context:
> Maxime LUCE, Discussing whether the windows8 implementation 'becomes' the
> 8.1 implementation or not.
> About Windows 8.1, do you think it's a great thing to not have both
> > platforms ?
> > I told to some Microsoft spoke persons last week and they said to me
> > that the update of Windows 8.1 is relatively slow. So they encourage
> > anyone which develop an application to develop a version for both
> > version of their OS to ensure that anyone can download the app.
> > If you update Windows 8 platform to be the Windows 8.1 one, Cordova's
> > users will not be allowed to support both version of their app.
> > I think we must provide both version (like wp7, wp8) for at least one
> > year to let developers the ability to support both version of the OS.
> The difference here is that wp7 devices cannot be upgraded to wp8 OS ALL
> devices that currently run 8.0 are capable of running 8.1 AND it is free.
> The facebook app for example, will not run on windows8, it requires 8.1,
> at some point we would do the same, and anyone who wanted to target 8.0
> would just need to use an older version of cordova to do it.
> With changes to the platforms.js in cordova-cli we could potentially keep
> this open for now, with the knowledge that the windows8 folder will
> eventually merge with the windows8.1
> I just don't want to have 2 platforms exposed to plugman, 2 parsers in
> cordova-cli, 2 outputs from cordova-js and 2 versions of every file in
> every plugin.
> @purplecabbage

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