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Windows® 8.1 IN DEPTH by Paul McFedries, Brian Knittel

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5. Windows Apps and the Windows Store

The Windows Apps

When we discussed the Windows 8.1 interface in Chapter 4, “Using the Windows 8.1 Interface,” we mentioned that one of Microsoft’s fundamental design principles for the interface is “content before chrome.” That is, the Windows 8.1 interface is characterized by an overall style that places content front and center, and where chrome—including menus, scrollbars, and icons—is either hidden most of the time or eliminated altogether.

That principle applies to apps as well, which for the most part adhere to the following guidelines:

Image Clean layout—App interfaces are characterized by a generous amount ...

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