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Building Towards a Windows Future

This week Microsoft hosts its Build Conference, which used to be called the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. So not only does Microsoft change product names at the drop of a hat, it also does so with conferences.

Quite frankly I could give a hoot about the arbitrary name change. PDC and (now) Build are where we get real details (and code) that point to the next major rev of major pieces of OS software.

This one is all about Windows 8, and I can't wait to get a fuller set of details than the meager scraps we've been left with. The biggest deal is if they give out code. Developers then can share their real-world views of the features, UI, early performance and stability.

Hopefully I'll have some solid deets on Wednesday for you.

We should also hear more about IE 10 and see some updated code, but this has nowhere near the impact of Windows 8.

What is your opinion of Win 7 and what does that tell you about Win 8? Hit me up at

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/12/2011 at 1:18 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Sep 14, 2011 Aaron Suzuki Seattle

I was not fortunate enough to attend BUILD and get a free slate, but I was quick to download the Win8 preview released last night. My first impression is that Win8 is very consumer-oriented, where Windows 7 is very information worker/productivity oriented. The upside of Win8 is that you can get back to that Win7 style desktop environment and return to full productivity with a single keystroke. Ultimately, to maintain its position of market dominance Microsoft has to do both: empower knowledge workers to be maximally productive and give consumers fun, easy to use gadgets that are also affordable. I think with Win8 they have done both. They have preserved enough of the knowledge user pieces to keep businesses buying, yet laid on top of it - quite literally - a cool UI that will work on a new wave of hardware that will be super appealing to consumers. Really, this seems like the very first step down a road of new use cases and computing paradigms. What's exciting is to consider where it goes from here.

Wed, Sep 14, 2011 Dan Canada

I seem to be the only person I know who hates Windows 7. It's just not right. At least on the system on which I installed it. I'm willing to concede that might be why I hate it. Sometimes hardware does not play nice with software. I've had great luck with all Windows versions I've used through the years. Rarely having the issues many users were reporting. I guess I was due for a lemon-lime flavoured experience at some point.

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