,DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

@felix9:

IMO, C++ is the winner because windiv is winning. It was quite clear from build that there is still a great division between windiv an devdiv. WinRT (COM with a little sugar) and Metro is what Microsoft is betting the farm on. They are both products of windiv and they seem to be running the show right now. C++ or Javascript...anything windiv controls is golden. Their architecture diagram says it all.

Also IMO you will see more and more of .NET APIs being swallowed up by WinRT until .NET is relegated to apps akin to vb6 apps today.

Wow you have your angry hat on today. .NET apps won't be going in the bin anytime soon (there's code in ntdll.dll to specifically speed them up in Win8, and MS wouldn't have done that if they didn't like .NET), and you seem to have got confused about the distinction between the Windows team and the rest of Microsoft. The only thing that the Windows team have final say over is the kernel (and there's some pretty hefty restrictions on what they can do there too) - everything else is done collaboratively with the rest of Microsoft. Stuff like the Ribbon and WinRT and the rest of it came from outside of the Windows team, and the Windows team just gave it go-faster stripes.