Microsoft opens ‘Building Windows 8′ blog

MS hopes for valuable dialogue and feedback from devs regarding upcoming OS
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Microsoft has opened a blog in order to interact “with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version of Windows 8″ in the coming months.

The company says that it will be posting regularly to the blog, and it will be an important factor in the engineering of the new OS, which is described as “the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs”.

MS says blogging allows them to enter into a dialogue with users, enabling them to make better design choices as well as talk about “real-world data and usage.”

“We’re genuinely excited to talk about the development of Windows 8 and to engage thoughtfully with the community of passionate end-users, developers, and information professionals,” the Building Windows 8 blog read.

Described as the most significant overhaul of Windows since 95, Windows 8 has frustrated interested parties with the lack of information released thus far. A sneak preview was given in June which showed the new interface as one that is designed with the new generation of tablet devices in mind.

The windows button was gone and replaced with a tiled screen optimised for the quick launch of applications via touch. Tiles contained real-time information from apps and they could be resized to full-screen.

The next event in the Windows 8 calendar is the BUILD conference next month where MS will provide developers with more details on the tools available for the OS. The blog is intended to offer devs the opportunity to discuss details and look at the evolution of W8.

Another statement on the blog read: “We know developers, IT pros, and gamers all want to know what’s new for them. 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.”

MS wants to share with devs the reasons behind the design choices of the OS, initially by talking about specific features and attempting to cover as many topics as possible.

Fundamentals such as user interface and hardware support will be covered and as feedback begins to come in, Microsoft has promised to get to the issues that prove to be most important to devs and IT professionals.

MS says that whilst many people will have passionate opinions on the engineering of W8, it hopes the blog will provide constructive conversations, enabling them and others to share data and make changes where necessary.

Interested parties are encouraged to suggest blog topics via email and the blog will be available in several languages, enabling worldwide participation from devs, hardware manufacturers, gamers and IT professionals.

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