On Monday, Microsoft launched a new blog, Building Windows 8, "an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months."
"The coming months" most likely refers to Microsoft's BUILD conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 13 in Anaheim, Calif. It is expected that this will allow many more developers to be able to get into the nuts and bolts of the project, and further posts of the blog will be the major source of facts concerning Windows 8's look and features.
"Windows 8 reimagines Windows," writes Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, comparing the significance of Windows 8 to that of Windows 95, "the last time Windows was significantly overhauled".
"We’ve heard people express frustration over how little we’ve communicated so far about Windows 8." writes Sinofsky, taking a frank position about revealing details; while very little of the blog says anything specific about what to expect from Windows 8, Sinofsky promises that "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."
From what has been revealed -- and much more that is unconfirmed rumor -- Windows 8 is widely expected to be a 'scalable' operating system, in the sense that the OS will not only support but also actively take advantage of the very different kinds of devices that have appeared since 1995 (or 2005, for that matter). Sinofsky reinforces this goal, as well as driving home the point that the modern OS is most often secondary to the app-driven experience.
"The appearance of touch-screen mobile phones with the rich capabilities they bring, have together changed the way we all view computing," Sinofsky wrote in the Monday blog post. "Most of all, computing is much more focused on applications and on people than on the operating system itself or the data. These changes in the landscape motivate the most significant changes to Windows, from the chips to the experience."
While the advent of a development blog is certainly a positive sign that Windows 8 is well underway, it is worth noting that the OS is not expected until 2012 at the very least, even by the most unfounded speculations. Even taking Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's "misstatement" at its word, that could very well mean fiscal year 2012, i.e., not until 2013.
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