De-emphasis? What are you talking about? .NET is a first class citizen in Windows 8.... I don't understand how this thinking has emerged. For one thing, it's wrong. For another, it's wrong....
WinRT supports .NET, HTML5 and C/C++. This has been the case since the modern Windows programming model was announced at BUILD 2011.
Where's this confusion stemming from? Is it because we (I, especially) have been promoting C++? I've already addressed that aspect several times.... C++ evangelism went mostly dark during the .NET Everywhere years and my goal has been to push native into the forefront (where it belongs), bringing how and when we talk about C++ up to par with .NET content on Channel 9.
WinRT doesn't pick favorites... If you're a .NET developer, then you're all set. If you're an HTML5 developer, then you're all set. If you're a C/C++ programmer, then you're all set. This can't be made more clear.
I have not seen anything from Mr. Anders in ages here on C9 and the coverage on win 8 has been focused more often on the "shiny new bits" that most of the time say nothing about .Net
that is why many of us feel like .net has been "demoted" and Anders has "gone dark" heck i wonder if he is leaving or retiering ?