Introduction to Building Windows 8 Applications Welcome to the Introduction to Building Windows 8 Metro Applications. My name Dan Wahlin. And my name is John Papa. In this Pluralsight course, we're going to walk you through the fundamentals you need to know to Build Windows 8 Metro Style Apps. In this first module, "A Lap Around the Metro UI, " we're going to walk through some of the key characteristics that Windows 8 offers for Metro Style App building. We'll start off by talking a look at the Windows 8 Start Screen and what it has to offer as far as tiles and layout of those tiles. From there, we'll go into the Metro UI itself and we'll talk about how Metro apps are immersive, how they're fast and fluid, and then their benefits and characteristics that they offer. We'll also talk about App Snapping. This is way you can snap two apps on a screen side by side so that you can see those apps together. From there, we'll go into Charms. Charms allow you to do things like printing, sharing of data with other people or other applications within Windows 8. And then finally, we'll go into the App Bar. This is a way you add custom menus and functionality into your Metro Style Apps. So let's get started by taking a closer look at the Windows 8 Start Screen.