Get ready for Windows 8: generate your Metro styled applications with the Joshfire Factory

Windows 8 is coming…

The public release date of Windows 8 should be october 26th, will you be ready? The Joshfire Factory is here to help.

This new Windows release is a major change for end users: by default, a new User Interface (formerly called Metro) is the new main screen of the OS and applications will mainly be installed from the Windows Store. Every new PC or Windows tablet will run Windows 8. Users will expect to find your app inside the Windows Store, the same they expect to find it on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Hopefully, we are proud to present our new Windows 8 Metro template and deployers for the Joshfire Factory. We did all the work for you, you only have to configure it.

The Joshfire Factory is a free online tool that focuses on easy cross-device application creation and deployment. It doesn’t require any line of code: you create your application from within the browser.

Our Windows 8 template

This template lets you display your existing content with a perfect the Windows 8 UI style, we worked closely with Microsoft to make sure it meets perfectly their design guidelines. It is compatible with desktops and tablets. Watch the video below to see the template in action with the TEDxParis app:

The main screen of your generated application is made of tile groups of your various data sources:

The main screen of the generated Metro application

Clicking on a content item goes to a detail view. We currently support Articles, Pictures and Videos. You can then easily slide to the next and previous item.

Video detail page

You can share the current item using the new share button from the “charm bar” (this is something that every Windows 8 app should support to integrate best with this new Windows 8 UI):

Detail view of a picture, sharing it on twitter

A metro application can be “snapped”  to the left of the screen. Your application will adjust its design to fit in this small area. This allows your user to continue browse your content (for example to watch a video) while working in another application.

The generated application is snapped on the left

Windows 8 deploy

Windows 8 apps are compiled into native applications and distributed from the Windows Store. The same way we build your iOS or Android application on our servers, you can start the compilation of your Windows 8 application right from your browser and download the generated file.

If you prefer to download a Visual Studio 2012 project of your app, and build it yourself, you can, we detailed how to launch your generated application in our user documentation.


Start generating your Windows 8 application right now for free, visit the Joshfire Factory

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