Microsoft (news, site) prepares for the cavalcade of Windows 8 news with a new "Building Windows 8" blog to take us through the technical side of the new OS' (which "reimagines Windows for a new generation") gestation.
Definitely Different Windows
The next version of Windows will certainly be an all-new affair, operating on new ARM processors, working in new devices and playing to a radically different world to the one that Windows Vista was built for all those years ago. While it will still pander to the bland office environment for the traditional enterprise users, it's the new bits that everyone is interested in.
UPDATE: The first proper posts are up with videos and pics covering USB support and how the team is working on simple system tasks like File Copy interactions to improve information the user receives and the level of interaction. There is also confirmation that Microsoft will include an app store in the new OS.
Next month, Microsoft will unveil a lot of the tools for developers to create Windows 8 applications at the BUILD conference, but for those unable to attend, or just casually interested, it has created a blog on MSDN called Building Windows 8. This will act as the home for all the information that developers (and eager users) can lap up when investigating the future of Windows.
Through the Looking Glass
Steve Sinofsky, the chief of all things Windows, made the first post on the blog, offering this as the big attraction:
Windows 8 reimagines Windows. That's a big statement and one that we will return to throughout this blog. It is also important to know that we're 100% committed to running the software and supporting the hardware that is compatible with over 400 million Windows 7 licenses."
So, expect the blog to take off when it comes to new Windows 8 news as development unfolds and the community begins to build the apps and infrastructure for the next generation of PC and its associated gadgets and tools.