Watch Live Streaming of BUILD keynotes

13 09 2011

Watch Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky’s keynote live or on demand anytime.

Coming soon, we’ll also have Channel 9 coverage of the conference and interviews with Windows engineers. Recordings and slides from the big picture and technical sessions will be available here a day or two after the presentation.

Follow BUILD on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest updates.






Evolution of Windows Explorer

30 08 2011

The “Windows 8” team made an awesome blog post that gives us an early glimpse at the new Explorer in “Windows 8”; what was also great to see was a look back at Windows Explorer over the years, all the way back from Windows 1.0, when it was called “MS-DOS Executive” :)

Excerpts from the blog:

It’s exciting to have this opportunity to share the improvements we’re making to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer. Explorer is one of the most venerable parts of Windows with a heritage you can trace back to the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!

Figure 1 - MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0
MS-DOS Executive in Windows 1.0

Over the years, Explorer and its forerunners have gone through several major iterations:

Figure 2 - File Manager in Windows 3.1
File Manager in Windows 3.1

Figure 3 - File Explorer in Windows XP
Explorer in Windows XP

Figure 4 - File Explorer in Windows 7
Explorer in Windows 7


And now- a glimpse at the new Explorer (with the familiar “ribbon” interface):

Figure 8 - File Explorer in
Explorer in "Windows 8"


And a video preview of the new Explorer:





USB 3.0 coming to a PC near you

24 08 2011

From Windows 8 team’s “Building robust USB 3.0 support” blog:

With throughput up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and improved power management that results in longer battery life, USB 3.0 introduces compelling reasons to improve the world’s most popular PC interface. By 2015, all new PCs are expected to offer USB 3.0 ports, and over 2 billion new "SuperSpeed" USB devices will be sold in that year alone.

Figure 1 - USB 3.0 PC Market Forecast

One of the important roles Windows plays as part of a broad ecosystem is developing support for new hardware. This is a pretty involved process and so for this post we wanted to take a look at supporting USB 3.0, something we know everyone is anxious to be using because of the improvements it brings. This is also our first video post – we aimed for "engineering" videos and not high production values but I think we make our point (note videos are embedded in HTML5 and available for download). If you’re like me when looking at the video, you might think that those file copy progress indicators are looking a bit dated…stay tuned. This post was authored by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group.

–Steven Sinofsky

Video demonstration of USB 3.0 in action within Windows 8:





Official Building “Windows 8” Blog

15 08 2011

Today Steven Sinofsky, President and head of Windows team, launched the official Windows 8 blog (engineering) blog- “Building Windows 8” or B8. The purpose of the blog, according to Steven, is- “to begin an open dialog with those of you who will be trying out the pre-release version over the coming months. We intend to post regularly throughout the development of Windows 8, and to focus on the engineering of the product. Welcome to “Building Windows 8,” or as we call it, “B8.”


If you’re looking for notifications of posts, then be sure to follow the B8 team on Twitter @BuildWindows8.

PS. Also, please note that the “Build” event is completely sold out. Build is the new Microsoft event for modern hardware and software developers, which is to be held during September 13-16, 2011 in Anaheim, CA.




Microsoft Partner of the Year: Invensys

12 07 2011

I was really thrilled to hear that Invensys had won Microsoft’s “Industry Partner of the Year” 2011 Award! Invensys is an amazing company and an excellent Microsoft partner and I am humbled & privileged to have been part of the core Invensys-Microsoft partner/alliance team for nearly 4 years, until my recent move to a new role (on April 11th 2011). It was indeed a great experience to work with very generous, fine and super talented folks at Invensys. The award will bestowed during a keynote at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Los Angeles.  Congratulations Invensys and the partner alliance team- great job!

Read about the award and the official press release and visit the Worldwide Partner Conference site.

Award: Alliance ISV Industry Partner of the Year

Go to home

About Invensys

Invensys Operations Management is a Microsoft Global Alliance partner focusing on Manufacturing & Resources and Consumer Goods industries, with solutions that are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in over 200,000 plants and facilities. The partnership which extends for over two decades, has developed leading solutions that are 100% on Microsoft platform and has continuously risen the bar on technology adoption. Just this year, Invensys Operations Management has worked on developments on Microsoft Windows Azure and Windows Phone 7, further promising additional benefits to new and existing users. From a sales perspective, Invensys Operations Management also delivered great results through a dedicated business development team aligned with Microsoft’s industry teams, engaging on account planning and sales activities. In addition, the partnership has allowed a high level of engagement on joint marketing activities, trainings, customer briefings and publishing success stories. Invensys Operations Management relationship with Microsoft has shifted from a technology incubation mode to an execution mode, making them a key global partner for Microsoft.

The longest high-speed rail line in the world operates on Invensys’ ArchestrA System




non nobis…

History of Interactive devices; Kinect SDK Launch

16 06 2011
“Look at the collection and then try and convince me that our slow rate of progress is due to a lack of technology rather than a lack of imagination.”
—Bill Buxton

Fascinating opportunity to explore veteran designer, researcher and writer, Bill Buxton’s collection of input & interactive devices from over 30 years.



On a related note, today Microsoft officially launched Kinect Software Development Kit (SDK) through Channel 9 Live site. You can learn more about Kinect SDK here.




Learn more about Windows 8 at BUILD

7 06 2011

“In 1995, Windows changed the PC. BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything.”

BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world.


Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC. Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web. BUILD is the first place to dive deep into the future of Windows.

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