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Microsoft launches crowdsourcing blog for Windows 8

Microsoft launches crowdsourcing blog for Windows 8

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Microsoft launches crowdsourcing blog for Windows 8
 Software giant Microsoft has launched a blog chronicling thebuild of its next OS, Windows 8. The blog, called 
” is designed as a means of crowdsourcing aspects of the OS’ design and development.
Windows president Steven Sinofsky
,in a post detailing blog’s aims, says that,
“Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices,
and will be the very best operating system for hundreds of millions of PCs, new
and old, used by well over a billion people globally.”
 In order to do this, Sinofsky explains, Microsoft has set up the blog to act as a
point of dialogue between its developers and the general public “about design
choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of
Windows 8″.
The “Building Windows 8″ blog follows on from the success of the
blog, which Sinofsky and Windows Senior Vice President
 JonDeVaan were behind.
A large part of the “reimagining” around Windows 8 appears to centre on the fact
that what defines a PC has changed tremendously since the last mass Windowsoverhaul, Windows 95.As Sinfosky explains:
Today more than two out of three PCs are mobile (laptops, netbooks,notebooks, tablets, slates, convertibles, etc.). Nearly every PC is capable
of wireless connectivity. Screen sizes range from under 10″ to wall
-sized screens and multiple HD screens. Storage has jumped frommegabytes to terabytes and has moved up to the cloud. The appearanceof touch-screen mobile phones with the rich capabilities they bring,have together changed the way we all view computing. Most of all,computing is much more focused on applications and on people thanon the operating system itself or the data. These changes in thelandscape motivate the most significant changes to Windows, from thechips to the experience.
Speaking about the motivation behind “Engineering Windows 7″, Sinofsky saysthat Microsoft, “… started the Engineering Windows 7 blog in 2008 in recognition
of the need to re-engage the community and rebuild trust relative to theengineering and design of Windows. While engineering Windows 7, we learned
some great lessons and renewed our sense of responsibility to the community.”

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