One of the best things about recent versions of Windows has been increasing transparency in the MIcrosoft development process, perforce through increased access to executives and developers alike. As Windows 7 ground its way to completion I enjoyed the various blogs it gestated, still visible on MSDN as the “Engineering Windows 7” blog. Today, Microsoft’s “Windows President” Steven Sinofsky launched a new blog for Windows 8, called “Building Windows 8” with an introductory post entitled, appropriately enough “Welcome to Building Windows 8.”
Kick-off post launches the Building Windows 8 blog
Here are some interesting sound bites from this posting:
- …today we want to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release over the coming months.
- We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product.
- Windows 8 reimagines Windows.
- The appearance of touch-screen mobile phones with the rich capabilities they bring, have together changed the way we all view computing. Most of all, computing is much more focused on applications and on people than on the operating system itself or the data.
- …in the next few weeks we will just start talking specifics of features, since there is no obvious place to start given the varying perspectives. [networking, storage, performance and fundamentals, developers, IT pros, and gamers all mentioned in preceding sentences]
- …we’ll work hard to have constructive conversations with you, share the data, and, when the situation calls for it, make thoughtful changes.
It sounds like a lot of interesting stuff will be breaking in this blog, so you’ll probably want to follow it along with me. You can get notifications by following @BuildWindows8 on Twitter, just like I will!