What is the Future of WPF

By Mahesh Chand Dec 09, 2012
Is WPF in danger? Will Windows Store apps kill Windows Forms and WPF?
It wasn't long ago when we all were discussing the future of Windows Forms. Clearly, Windows Forms do not have a bright future and the reason is obvious. WPF is a much better technology to build Windows client applications.

Earlier this year Microsoft announced its new operating system, Windows 8. Windows 8 brings a new concept of apps, called Windows Store apps. Windows Store apps are nothing like WPF or Windows Forms applications.

So, what happens to WPF now?

The answer is - nothing. Nothing changes for WPF. At least for time being. 

WPF will still be there. It will take any other technology decades to replace Windows Forms and WPF. Even after launch of WPF in year 2008, Windows Forms still is very much in demand. New Windows client applications may be being developed using WPF but there are plenty of applications out there that use and still being developed using Windows Forms. If you are a WPF developer, you are still good for a while.

What about new developers?

Are you just starting with programming? Or attending a school and not sure what to pick between Windows Forms, WPF or Windows Store apps?

This is a very interesting question. While Windows Forms are fading away, WPF is the present, Windows Store app may be the future

Microsoft is spending millions (if not billions) of dollars on Windows 8, Surface and Windows Phone 8. Everywhere I am seeing Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. No matter I watch a TV show, football game or driving on highways (or even local roads). Everywhere I am seeing Windows 8, Surface and Windows Phone 8.

If Windows 8 is a success, than Windows Store apps will be the future.

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Mahesh Chand

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