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Windows learns a thing or two from the world of blogging

As part of Microsoft’s efforts to promote its Windows projects, the Windows team is launching a new initiative -- a blog to promote its new upcoming Windows 7 operating system.  The new blog is titled Engineering Windows 7 and the first post went online August 14 at about 5 PM.  The blog is going to provide exclusive insight from Microsoft's development team about the progress of the OS.

The first blog, unsurprisingly, comes from Windows senior vice presidents Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky.  The pair has already stated that official engineering details will not be fully discussed until October 27 at the Professional Developers' Conference in Los Angeles.  However, they hope to drop a few hints in the blog, along with getting feedback from what people hope to see with Windows 7.

The pair writes:

The audience of enthusiasts, bloggers, and those that are the most passionate about Windows represent the folks we are dedicating this blog to. With this blog we’re opening up a two-way discussion about how we are making Windows 7. Windows has all the challenges of every large scale software project—picking features, designing them, developing them, and delivering them with high quality. Windows has an added challenge of doing so for an extraordinarily diverse set of customers. As a team and as individuals on the team we continue to be humbled by this responsibility.

They also announced that the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, a week after the Professional Developers' Conference, will feature more technical details on Windows 7.  Interestingly the team seemed to allude to the hype and moderate disappointment surrounding Windows Vista, stating, "We, as a team, definitely learned some lessons about “disclosure” and how we can all too easily get ahead of ourselves in talking about features before our understanding of them is solid. Our intent with Windows 7 and the pre-release communication is to make sure that we have a reasonable degree of confidence in what we talk about when we do talk."

Mr. Sinofsky and Mr. DeVaan believe revealing too many tentative technical hardware details too early can be very detrimental.  Not only does it waste resources, they say, but it also confuses partners.  This argument seems slightly more logical when you consider that Microsoft has to work with over 10,000 hardware partners, each with unique needs.

Both say they will post "regularly" to the blog, to provide behind the scenes info.  They also promise to try to respond to selected user comments.  Mr. Sinofsky encourages readers to send him emails to his corporate email suggesting topics and suggestions for Windows 7.

While blogging is no means new in the Microsoft community, the new Windows 7 blog seems to represent a more concerted effort to use a public dialog to help it create its new OS.  With the blog expected to run through 2009 when the OS is scheduled to release, it should be interesting to see what tidbits of information it offers.

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Not Bothering
By gamerk2 on 8/15/2008 1:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
Right now, i'm passing on eveything NOT windows XP; it works, why upgrade?

I'm waiting to see how Midori does when it finishes in a few years. For those of you who don't know, its one of Micro$ofts new ideas: consider it the replacement of the Windows line, written in managed code. In theroy, it should scale well too, something all versions of windows do NOT do very well.

And as for businesses, most of the comps we have at my workplace have pentium III or low end <1.8 GHz Pentium IV's. Thats why we run windows NT, 2000, or in some cases, XP. We won't touch vista because we don't have the resources to run it (BTW, my work comp has 64MB RAM :D). Besides, the cost of upgrading over 200 computers to a new OS offsets any advantages the OS has (which are...?)

RE: Not Bothering
By TomZ on 8/15/2008 1:57:35 PM , Rating: 4
Ignorance is bliss. :o)

RE: Not Bothering
By 306maxi on 8/16/2008 2:32:41 AM , Rating: 2
You mean stupidity is bliss :o)

He says they run NT on some of their computers..... is this because XP uses too many resources? OMFG then XP must suck too!

I wish I could just send a spam message to every single person in the world saying "YES! Vista has requirements which make it silly to run on most PC's bought more than 2 or 3 years ago. That just means your PC sucks, not the operating system"

Seriously dude if you or the business you work for doesn't have the money or the need to upgrade your PC's then don't. If you can type at more than 10 wpm and you're using a PC with 64mb of RAM @ work then your company is losing out on productivity for sure.

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