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On the morning of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s third CES keynote, in January 2011, I received a tip from a source at the software giant: Microsoft was working on a new tile-based user interface for Windows 8 that was codenamed Mosh and might only appear on low-end tablet PCs that could compete with Apples iPad. It would also include a new app model, codenamed Jupiter, and these apps would be delivered to customers via a Windows Marketplace app in Windows 8. Jupiter apps would be Silverlight-based, as on Windows Phone 7 Series, and they would be “immersive,” which I later learned meant “full-screen and touch-based.”

I can now reveal that this tip came in the form of an audio recording of an internal meeting at Microsoft that featured Scott Guthrie answering questions from a Client Platform team that was frustrated by the direction the Windows team had taken. The Client Platform team was then responsible for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms, and Silverlight, but the Windows team had taken Jupiter for its own, and it had deprecated the Client Platform team’s products.

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