Building Windows 8

An inside look from the Windows engineering team

Updating Windows 8 for General Availability

We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance,...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 10/09/2012

Updating our built-in apps for Windows 8

We’re super excited to be approaching general availability (GA) of Windows 8 and Windows RT. With...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 10/04/2012

Collaborating to deliver Windows RT PCs

Since RTM on August 1, PC manufacturers have been using the released software to ready new PCs...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 08/13/2012

Releasing Windows 8 - August 1, 2012

Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 08/01/2012

Simplifying printing in Windows 8

Printing is one of the most common things we do with our PCs even as we read and work with more...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/25/2012

Hardware accelerating everything: Windows 8 graphics

With Windows 8 we set out to enable all applications to have the beautiful and high-performance...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/23/2012

Using your feedback to make Narrator work better with touch

Shortly before we released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in February, we blogged about our work to...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/18/2012

Designing the Windows 8 touch keyboard

Starting with the earliest TabletPC enhancements to Windows, we have been working on...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/17/2012

Protecting user files with File History

Backing up your critical files is something we all know we should do. Even with everything in...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/10/2012

Readying Metro style apps for launch

We know many folks are looking forward to RTM. Developers currently working on apps in the Store are...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 07/03/2012

Introducing the Photos app for Windows 8

Wrapping up our series of posts on some of the new apps in Windows 8, we take a look at the new...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/26/2012

Designing the Windows 8 Calendar app

This post builds on the Mail app and People app posts, and details the Calendar app. We’ve...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/15/2012

Building the Mail app

Hundreds of thousands of folks have been using the “App Preview” of Mail on a daily...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/14/2012

The People app: the complete, cloud-powered address book for Windows 8

Managing "contacts" has been a bit of a challenge for many, especially as the number of places that...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/13/2012

Activating Windows 8 contracts in your app

One topic that we’ve demonstrated quite a bit is how apps on a Windows 8 PC can communicate...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/11/2012

Building a rich and extensible media platform

Windows provides a broad set of technologies for consumers to experience video and audio and for...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/08/2012

Connecting with IPv6 in Windows 8

With World IPv6 Launch upon us, we thought it would be good to provide a look at the work in the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/05/2012

Web browsing in Windows 8 Release Preview with IE10

In the Windows 8 Release Preview, we continue to deliver the re-imagined experience of the web...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 06/01/2012

Delivering the Windows 8 Release Preview

Today, Windows 8 Release Preview is available for download in 14 languages. This is our final...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/31/2012

Designing for PCs that boot faster than ever before

While we're hard at work making sure you never have to turn off your PC and can run in a connected...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/22/2012

Enhancing Windows 8 for multiple monitors

This post goes into the details around the multi-monitor experience for Windows 8. From the very...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/21/2012

Creating the Windows 8 user experience

This blog often focuses on the bits and features and less on the “philosophy” or...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/18/2012

Delivering reliable and trustworthy Metro style apps

As we developed the app model for Windows 8 and the new Metro style apps, a key architectural...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/17/2012

Keeping your family safer with Windows 8

One of the intrinsic capabilities of Windows 8 is the ability to use multiple accounts on any PC....

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/14/2012

Redesigning chkdsk and the new NTFS health model

We’ve written about tons of improvements in the OS kernel, networking, and file system. While...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/09/2012

FAQ - DVD playback and Windows Media Center in Windows 8

We thought we would follow up the previous post with an FAQ which is based on the comments and...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/04/2012

Making Windows Media Center available in Windows 8

In this post we wanted to update you on Media Center and Windows 8, specifically how we will make...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/03/2012

Cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone: Windows Live, reimagined

We have talked quite a bit about SkyDrive and using your Microsoft account for the sign-in and...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 05/02/2012

Making personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere, with the new SkyDrive

In February, we told you about our goals for connecting your apps, files, PCs, and devices to the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 04/23/2012

Managing "BYO" PCs in the enterprise (including WOA)

With more and more people providing their own hardware for work, the "bring your own" PC is becoming...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 04/19/2012

Reclaiming memory from Metro style apps

Modern operating systems take a different view of the resources on the system. Regardless of the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 04/17/2012

Touch hardware and Windows 8

Last September we blogged about experiencing Windows 8 touch on Windows 7 hardware, introducing the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 03/28/2012

Scaling to different screens

There’s a ton of innovation in the world of displays—from pixel density, to aspect...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 03/21/2012

Web browsing in Windows 8 Consumer Preview with IE10

In this post we want to talk about the new Internet Explorer 10 browsing experience.  We have...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 03/13/2012

Going behind the scenes building Windows 8

As we start to talk about some more of the details of the Consumer Preview release and some of the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 03/06/2012

Running the Consumer Preview: system recommendations

We’re very excited to get to the point in the project where we can provide a pre-release...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/29/2012

Welcome to Windows 8 – The Consumer Preview

Today is a big day for the Windows team. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain a few moments...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/29/2012

Using the language you want

Since its introduction in Windows 2000, Multilingual User Interface technology, or MUI, has allowed...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/21/2012

Connecting your apps, files, PCs and devices to the cloud with SkyDrive and Windows 8

Many folks reading this blog are active users of SkyDrive and Mesh, both part of the broad set of...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/20/2012

Internet Explorer Performance Lab: reliably measuring browser performance

A big part of this blog is going behind the scenes to show you all the work that goes into the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/16/2012

Enabling accessibility

Windows 8 is a product we design for an incredibly broad spectrum of people around the world. One of...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/14/2012

Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture

One of the notable aspects of Microsoft Windows has been the flexibility the architecture has shown...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/09/2012

Improving power efficiency for applications

Minimizing the power consumption of your PC while maximizing the responsiveness and utility (making...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 02/07/2012

Acting on file management feedback

As we approach our next public milestone, we will begin to circle back to topics we covered in the...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/30/2012

Supporting sensors in Windows 8

Recent advances in sensor technology are catalysts for the acceleration and evolution of user...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/24/2012

Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks

In this post, we dig into the details of how we have re-engineered the wireless networking stack to...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/20/2012

Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS

We wanted to continue our dialog about data storage by talking about the next generation file system...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/16/2012

Virtualizing storage for scale, resiliency, and efficiency

In this post, we are going to dive into a feature in the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Storage Spaces...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/05/2012

Refresh and reset your PC

The power of personalization is something we all love about PCs, but sometimes there is good reason...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 01/04/2012

Optimizing picture password security

We wanted to talk a bit more about the security of picture passwords in a follow up post based on...

Author: Steven Sinofsky Date: 12/19/2011

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