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On top of a changing world

Every three years or so I have a handful of incredibly busy days, when I hit strossian word counts, while absorbing and interpreting a fire hose of information. It's some of the hardest work I've done, trying to understand the whys and wherefores and at the same time pushing the boundaries and coming up with what-ifs and ah-has.

That's been my last week, as Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 - both on the desktop and on the server.

Starting with a two and half day closed door briefing up in Redmond, where thirty or so journalists and analysts were introduced to Windows 8 Server, it was followed up with a flight down to LA for another closed door briefing on the Windows 8 Desktop the day before Microsoft publicly unveiled everything at its BUILD conference. At 6 o'clock the night before the conference began, and about 15 hours from the lifting of the first of several hefty non-disclosures I got my hands on a loan tablet PC running the developer preview Windows 8 code.

That left me very little time to write a series of news stories and two in-depth reviews, as well as a long blog post analysing things from a developer point of view. By the time the last piece went live on Wednesday evening I'd written over 12,000 words, including two 5000 word reviews, taken 50 or so photographs and screenshots, editing them in Lightroom and exchanged many emails with editors eight time zones away. Oh, and had about four hours sleep a night. And remember, hotel rooms do not make good studios for device photography.

I did make a couple of personal millestones, with one piece linked on the influential Techmeme site,and another quoted in the San Jose Mercury News. (Oh, and you need to check who favourited my developer blog post on FaceBook!)

Time for a little linkage:

On ZDNet UK, a quick news round up of today's Windows 8 announcements from BUILD. http://bit.ly/pmqkgk
Microsoft has come clean on Windows 8, Silverlight and Metro, and has revealed plans for the future of Windows development, at its Build developer conference in Anaheim.

Now on ZDNet UK, my big review of the Windows 8 Developer Preview:

Windows 8 introduces a new interface, Metro, with an 'immersive' look-and-feel that's designed to scale from smartphones to desktops.

Following up my Windows 8 review, here's a hefty first look at Windows 8 Server: http://bit.ly/nc6Mib
Windows 8 Server, now in pre-beta Developer Preview mode, contains multiple feature enhancements — including a new version of Hyper-V — that make

My ZDNet UK Windows 8 Server news story: http://bit.ly/rgWfWV
Microsoft has released a pre-beta version of the forthcoming server update to give developers a look at its Metro interface, virtualisation tweaks and

My first piece for Recombu, a first impressions look at the Windows 8 Developer Preview Samsung Tablet: http://bit.ly/nJyxgf
How do you get developers to build applications for a new tablet operating system that’s not due out until sometime on 2012? That's the problem Microsoft has w

Why Microsoft has put so much work into IE9, and what it means for all developers with Windows 8.

"Resistance is futile" intoned Star Trek's Borg as they absorbed everything and everyone into their hive mind collective. That's true for the web, and one of the largest developer platforms in the wor...


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Sep. 15th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Slurp. There's a load of reading for people at work.

Edited at 2011-09-15 06:37 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I've been fascinated by all of this.

My main disappointment so far is that if I want to write a Metro app it has to then pass through content checking before anyone else can run it.

Which is the main reason I will not have a Windows Phone. And if they bring it to their desktop OS then I will be avoiding patronising that unless there is an easy way around it.
Sep. 19th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)
you as the developer matter to Microsoft, but the user matters more; app store approval is their way to ensure good UX. I find it hard to argue with the notion of prioritising users and UX.
Sep. 19th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
It's as a user that I object. I refuse to have an iPhone for exactly that reason, and the same goes for Windows 7 phones.
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