Are Windows 8/8.1 “Modern” apps .exe files?

Drsunil V March 14, 2014
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Are metro apps for Windows 8 .exe files?

  1. Chris H
    March 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    That's a good question!

    Short answer: No, they're not .exe files.

    Long answer: They're .appx files. However, .appx files are essentially executable programs, so they have a lot in common with .exe files. However, .appx is an entirely new application platform for Windows.

    • Drsunil V
      March 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks for sincere reply!

  2. Hovsep A
    March 14, 2014 at 6:49 am

    they are .appx?

    App packages and deployment (Windows Store apps)
    Windows Store app packages – .appx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh464929.aspx

    Windows 8.1 app samples
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsapps/Windows-8-Modern-Style-App-Samples

    Create an app package
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh975357

    App packager (MakeAppx.exe)
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh446767(v=vs.85).aspx

    • Drsunil V
      March 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks. Please tell are they not .exe? If so , then win 8/8.1 allows both .appx and .exe files? If this is also true , how do .appx and .exe programs different from each other for a same app?

    • Hovsep A
      March 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

      .appx are not .exe because .exe cant be installed on tablets. They differ in the way they are written and structure,

      Windows Store Applications (.appx) are designed to work in the "Metro" interface and will run on both Windows RT (tablet and laptop) and Windows 8 PC. Windows Desktop Applications (.exe) will not work on tablets.
      .appx: Language: JavaScript and HTML | VB/C#/C++ and XAML
      for exampla .appx applications runs fuul screen on Metro which is not the case with .exe.
      • For a C#, Visual Basic, or C++ app using XAML, the API is Window.Bounds called on the Current
      http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30703
      .exe language: Traditional development tools like C# , C++ , Winforms

      windows 8 .appx applications are for x86/64 and ARM
      http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jasonz/archive/2012/06/12/what-you-need-to-know-about-developing-for-windows-on-arm-woa.aspx

      Your first app
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/bg125376

    • Drsunil V
      March 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Nice response

  3. Marcus P
    March 14, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Yes, they are (I have windows 8 and have seen the Windowsapps folder, which was a bit of a pain to get into)
    I've never liked calling these 'apps' because I found this out for myself and disagreed with the notion they should be called Apps when they are still essentially just programs like Microsoft Word, Solitaire, Notepad etc etc. All EXEs.

    • Drsunil V
      March 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      Please verify , are the .exe or .appx? as mentioned by another respondent on this url

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