Microsoft launched a new blog and Twitter account to chronicle and crowdsource the development of its next operating system, Windows 8.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky wrote the first post on the “Building Windows 8” blog (also know as “B8″), explaining the team’s intent with the blog:
“Blogging allows us to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8. Together, we will start the unique adventure of bringing a major product to market. We’re genuinely excited to talk about the development of Windows 8 and to engage thoughtfully with the community of passionate end-users, developers, and information professionals.”
Sinofsky and Windows Senior Vice President Jon DeVaan hosted Microsoft’s “Engineering Windows 7” blog (also known as “E7″) during the development of Windows 7.
“We started the Engineering Windows 7 blog in 2008 in recognition of the need to re-engage the community and rebuild trust relative to the engineering and design of Windows. While engineering Windows 7, we learned some great lessons and renewed our sense of responsibility to the community,” wrote Sinofsky.
Learning from their experiences with hosting the “E7″ blog, the development team plans to make the blog available to a larger pool of readers, offering “B8″ posts in “several other languages” within 48 hours of the English language posts. And instead of two admins, the blog will include posts from many members of the development team.
The @BuildWindows8 Twitter account will be updated with notifications about new blog posts.
“What we tried to do with Windows 8 was reimagine what we want to do with a PC,” Sinofsky said in his D9 demo of Windows 8. “We colored outside the lines.”
The Windows 8 product seems to be focused on drastically improving the user interface — an blog focused on dialogue may be just the formula for gaining actionable feedback from end-users.