We have done some major work on Hilo to get things in better shape. Right now we are waiting on the next release of Windows 8 and Visual Studio coming soon to make the final push before we call this done before RTM. Please go check out the code / docs and give us some feedback!
The original Hilo is a C++ application for Windows 7 using Win 32 and Direct X. Now with the introduction of Windows 8, C++ is making a comeback. It helps that C++ '11 makes using C++ much easier. Xaml also adds the ability to build UIs using C++.
We have been working on a new version of Hilo for Windows 8 using C++ and Xaml. We just opened up the CodePlex site and the source is checked into a git repository. If you are interested in this scenario, go check it out. This will work with Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio Express 11 Beta. Here are some things we cover: