, Ian2 wrote

The new WinRT stuff is just Silverlight by another name, and closer to the metal to boot. 

IMO it is just politics that it isn't called "Silverlight.RT" or some such.

Except WinRT apps don't work in a variety of browsers they only work on Windows 8, they cannot run along with the desktop, require submission and approval from Microsoft to run, and Microsoft takes 30% of any money generated from your app.

And as far a "closer to the metal" goes, you're the first person I've heard describe Windows 8 Metro apps as "closer to the metal".