Microsoft today revealed a new product called Project Austin. Its a digital note-taking app for Windows 8. You can use digital ink to write or draw things on those pages, add photos, share the notes you create to other Windows 8 apps such as e-mail or SkyDrive. You can add pages to your notebook, delete them, or move them around. There are different types of papers to choose from and the app looks pretty cool. The team behind this app even said that this project was inspired by Microsoft Courier tablet concept.
But you know which division at Microsoft built this app? Microsoft Developer Division.
Another very important goal of this app is to showcase the power of the native platform and C++, and some of the new features in Visual Studio 2012 such as automatic code vectorization and C++ AMP. Austin aims to demonstrate with real code the kind of device-optimized, fluid and responsive user experience that can be built with our newest native tools on the Windows8 platform.
For that reason, we are making the majority of the source code available for download here. We also plan to publish a series of blog posts on the Visual C++ Team Blog talking about our experience building it, and some of the technologies we used. You can find the introductory blog post by Jorge Pereira here.
This app looks interesting. You can download the code from here. This app will be released to public soon.