Microsoft Talks About the Team Building Windows 8

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • KonstantinDK
    Microsoft can't afford to make a well produced videos anymore? My webcam and mic are better than that.
  • darkchazz
    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 !!!
  • fantasticles
    If they would just remove 32-bit version and only have a windows 8 64-bit..
  • a sandwhich
    O how nice. Another app store.
  • vista all over again.. more like windows 8 is targeted for tablets... guess what will wait till windows 9
  • jordan009
    Looks like a supped up phone OS
    I do not approve.
  • HansVonOhain
    So far I am not impressed. But people, lets not judge the product until it is released. :)
  • anony2004
    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.
  • RazberyBandit
    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.
  • marshsmello
    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.