Samantha · Dec 20, 2013 at 05:00 am

Create Windows Apps with Microsoft’s New Project Siena

For Android users who have made the leap of faith to Windows 8 or RT, the limited number of available Modern UI apps can be quite a shock. But this shouldn’t be a surprise, as the majority of tablets now ship with Android. This is then naturally reflected in user and developer contributions.

It seems like Microsoft’s well aware of this issue, however, as they’ve just released Project Siena. Sienna can be seen as Microsoft’s attempt to encourage app development for Windows 8 and RT.

With a main target audience of “business experts, business analysts, consultants and other app imagineers,” according to Siena’s app description, Siena presents a very clean and modern user interface that matches Microsoft’s Modern UI. It allows for developers—both rookies and experienced—to create HTML5 and JavaScript apps.

Sienna’s description states that it “works well with corporate and web data and media content: SharePoint lists, Excel and Azure tables, RSS feeds and the gamut of RESTful services.” Examples of apps that can be made with Siena include “media-rich product catalogs,” apps which solve customer service issues, apps that make use of photos, videos, pen and voice notes.

Siena is currently in its beta phase, and can be downloaded for free from the Windows app store.

[Via Surface Geeks]


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