People are continually surrounded by devices that are connected to a network. Even the latest refrigerators and washing machines can connect to the internet and home networks. So it’s no surprise that end-users expect their apps to be connected as well. These “connected apps” consume the latest content from the web—social media, digital media, blogs, and other types of content. Developing connected apps has become the norm, but it can still be a challenge to handle common issues like loss of network connectivity, metered network costs, or performance issues. Windows 8 makes it easier than ever before to write a connected app.
See all of the details at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappdev/archive/2013/04/10/creating-connected-windows-store-apps.aspx.