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Microsoft Talks About the Team Building Windows 8

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

Consider the App Store confirmed.

Microsoft just took the wraps off of its new developer blog, "Building Windows 8," which will serve as the Windows' team's outlet for sharing new features and innovations for the next big operating system.

Windows president Steven Sinofsky penned the blog post, where he recognized that Microsoft has been fairly hush-hush on Windows 8 thus far.

"We’ve heard people express frustration over how little we’ve communicated so far about Windows 8. We’ve certainly learned lessons over the years about the perils of talking about features before we have a solid understanding of our ability to execute," wrote Sinofsky.

Fortunately, there is now an official blog channel for Windows 8, which the development team hopes to use to reach all sorts of users and stakeholders of the next big version.

"We know people who care a lot about networking want to know our plans there. We know people who are invested heavily in storage want to know what is new in that area. Many want to know about performance and fundamentals. We know developers, IT pros, and gamers all want to know what's new for them." Sinofsky continued, "There is so much packed into Windows 8 and there are so many unique and important lenses through which to view Windows 8, and so we want to be sure to take the time to cover as many of these topics as possible, to build up a shared understanding of why we’ve taken Windows where we have. So in the next weeks we will just start talking specifics of features, since there is no obvious place to start given the varying perspectives. From fundamentals, to user interface, to hardware support, and more, if something is important to you, we promise we'll get to it in some form or another."

In a followup post, Sinofsky introduced the different teams that make up the entire Windows 8 crew. This will also serve as an official confirmation of the Windows 8 App Store.

  • App Compatibility and Device Compatibility
  • App Store
  • Applications and Media Experience
  • App Experience
  • Core Experience Evolved
  • Device Connectivity
  • Devices & Networking Experience
  • Ecosystem Fundamentals
  • Engineer Desktop
  • Engineering System
  • Enterprise Networking
  • Global Experience
  • Graphics Platform
  • Hardware Developer Experience
  • Human Interaction Platform
  • Hyper-V
  • In Control of Your PC
  • Kernel Platform
  • Licensing and Deployment
  • Media Platform
  • Networking Core
  • Performance
  • Presentation and Composition
  • Reliability, Security, and Privacy
  • Runtime Experience
  • Search, View, and Command
  • Security & Identity
  • Storage & Files Systems
  • Sustained Engineering
  • Telemetry
  • User-Centered Experience
  • Windows Online
  • Windows Update
  • Wireless and Networking services
  • XAML

Maybe it was just the general consensus surrounding Windows Vista, but observing the developmental process for Windows 7 was quite enjoyable. Stay tuned as we keep track of the development of Windows 8.

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    fantasticles , August 21, 2011 6:57 PM
    If they would just remove 32-bit version and only have a windows 8 64-bit..
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 21, 2011 8:09 PM
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    Since I installed linux a year ago I could't care less about "the Big Operating System" LOL. All of you who made contributions to this GNU and linux thing, you have my eternal gratitude.


    Lol, I use Linux on a daily basis and can confirm that it's a FAIL for home use. Big-scale networking, servers, VPN? Sure. Home entertainment, gaming, install-then-use scheme? No, that's Windows. I had to do about 7 hours of tweaking for Linux to work properly, and most of that time I was tweaking the driver for my WLAN card, searching for a solution on why my sound card SUDDENLY stopped working (turns out that alsamixer switched on the SPDIF there, overriding the default output) and trying to fix the ugly boot screen - still not done with that one. So unless you feel like working with a terminal half of your time, stay the hell away from Linux. Not worth the trouble.
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    KonstantinDK , August 21, 2011 6:54 PM
    Microsoft can't afford to make a well produced videos anymore? My webcam and mic are better than that.
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  • 12 Hide
    KonstantinDK , August 21, 2011 6:54 PM
    Microsoft can't afford to make a well produced videos anymore? My webcam and mic are better than that.
  • 11 Hide
    darkchazz , August 21, 2011 6:56 PM
    Looks like windows 7 with a new UI.
    I hope this works, can't really say much until I try it myself.

    Death to apple !!!
  • 25 Hide
    fantasticles , August 21, 2011 6:57 PM
    If they would just remove 32-bit version and only have a windows 8 64-bit..
  • 9 Hide
    a sandwhich , August 21, 2011 7:00 PM
    O how nice. Another app store.
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2011 7:05 PM
    vista all over again.. more like windows 8 is targeted for tablets... guess what will wait till windows 9
  • 11 Hide
    jordan009 , August 21, 2011 7:08 PM
    Looks like a supped up phone OS
    I do not approve.
  • 9 Hide
    HansVonOhain , August 21, 2011 7:25 PM
    So far I am not impressed. But people, lets not judge the product until it is released. :) 
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    anony2004 , August 21, 2011 7:41 PM
    I don't know but this doesn't seem big to me, Vista on the other hand was something that thrilled me and made me wait (I know it is a failure now), maybe because Vista was a big step ahead of XP whereas Windows 8 looks like the same old core given a new outer skin.
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    RazberyBandit , August 21, 2011 7:41 PM
    HansVonOhainSo far I am not impressed. But people, lets not judge the product until it is released.

    Actually, I'll judge it as it goes, saving my final judgment for it's RC stage. There's no reason to reserve judgment until post-release when the RC builds are typically 99% identical to the final product. If it feels like a phone OS during RC, it'll feel like one when it goes gold, too.
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    marshsmello , August 21, 2011 7:49 PM
    Since I installed linux a year ago I could't care less about "the Big Operating System" LOL. All of you who made contributions to this GNU and linux thing, you have my eternal gratitude.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 21, 2011 8:09 PM
    Quote:
    Since I installed linux a year ago I could't care less about "the Big Operating System" LOL. All of you who made contributions to this GNU and linux thing, you have my eternal gratitude.


    Lol, I use Linux on a daily basis and can confirm that it's a FAIL for home use. Big-scale networking, servers, VPN? Sure. Home entertainment, gaming, install-then-use scheme? No, that's Windows. I had to do about 7 hours of tweaking for Linux to work properly, and most of that time I was tweaking the driver for my WLAN card, searching for a solution on why my sound card SUDDENLY stopped working (turns out that alsamixer switched on the SPDIF there, overriding the default output) and trying to fix the ugly boot screen - still not done with that one. So unless you feel like working with a terminal half of your time, stay the hell away from Linux. Not worth the trouble.
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    Maxor127 , August 21, 2011 8:17 PM
    Not impressed either, which is especially disappointing considering I'm trying to skip Windows 7 because I knew Windows 8 would be out by the time I was ready to build a new system.
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    treefrog07 , August 21, 2011 8:19 PM
    I'll try the RC when MS makes it available. I like W7, but some of my critical apps require XP - they won't work on W7. And I'm not spending the big money to replace/upgrade them for W7 or W8.
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    ohim , August 21, 2011 8:21 PM
    Actually this is a bald move from them ... the way the PCs tend to evlove now is tablet like ... so why not have an OS with a UI already ready for that also ? See lenovo`s ideea of all in one PC .. 1 monitor with all the insides it it just like Macs. I`m a bit skeptic about the tile system .. but like HansVonOhain already said .. don`t judge the product till it`s realeased. Further more i hope is not a 30 GB OS ..i know we don`t have problems with drive space now but still what the hell the OS has inside for 30 GB.

    @marshsmello since you installed linxu a year ago you care enough for the big OS that you take liberty to post about not carring about them.
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    sykozis , August 21, 2011 8:25 PM
    RazberyBanditActually, I'll judge it as it goes, saving my final judgment for it's RC stage. There's no reason to reserve judgment until post-release when the RC builds are typically 99% identical to the final product. If it feels like a phone OS during RC, it'll feel like one when it goes gold, too.

    The problem is, and this has been stated in EVERY article about Windows8. The GUI that microsoft is showing off is the tablet UI, NOT the desktop UI, and idiots such as those have that already posted in regards to it looking like a tablet OS seem to be too STUPID to understand that Windows8 will have more than 1 UI to choose from. Seriously, how hard is it to understand that Windows8 will have multiple UIs???
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2011 8:38 PM
    Looks like MS is finally listening to those of us who use our computers hooked up to our TVs and made a UI that will work with that setup.

    If it supports my W7 applications and games, I'm there.
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    danwat1234 , August 21, 2011 8:40 PM
    I'm sure there will be a 'classic' graphical option so we don't have to look at big phoneOS icons. I'm sure the start menu and the traditional desktop will be an option.
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    11796pcs , August 21, 2011 9:04 PM
    I never realized how bloated Windows was until I switched my 1GB laptop from Vista to Ubuntu. Now I use a third of the RAM that Vista used and that was after a fresh reinstall of the OS and removal of all the bloatware that came with it. If Microsoft doesn't optimize Windows 8 into something lean and for the most part built from the ground up then it will fail. Microsoft can't simply drag and drop from 7 to 8 (like it has done for the last decade with its other OSes), because even though I love 7 it's still uses too many resources that would bog down tablets and mobile devices.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , August 21, 2011 9:08 PM
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    I never realized how bloated Windows was until I switched my 1GB laptop from Vista to Ubuntu. Now I use a third of the RAM that Vista used and that was after a fresh reinstall of the OS and removal of all the bloatware that came with it. If Microsoft doesn't optimize Windows 8 into something lean and for the most part built from the ground up then it will fail. Microsoft can't simply drag and drop from 7 to 8 (like it has done for the last decade with its other OSes), because even though I love 7 it's still uses too many resources that would bog down tablets and mobile devices.


    1) Vista = fail
    2) You only need to upgrade from XP if you're a gamer, and we have 4+ GB of RAM so we don't care whether it uses 300MB or 1GB. And XP is faster than Ubuntu, NO DOUBT.
    3) Of course they'll make it lighter for tablets and such... although, IMO, it is the TABLETS that have to become more powerful if they ever want to surpass at least netbooks in usability!
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    jojesa , August 21, 2011 9:41 PM
    konstantindkMicrosoft can't afford to make a well produced videos anymore? My webcam and mic are better than that.

    Try watching it on 720p or higher quality if your monitor supports it.
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