Thoughts on Day 1 of Build 2014

Thoughts on Day 1 of Build 2014

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Today was an important day for Windows and Xbox at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco. I encourage you to check out blogs on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, to get the details of the work we are delivering for developers, consumers and business customers.

I wanted to use this post to share some thoughts from what I said in the keynote:

1. We believe in our ecosystem of device manufacturers and devs (developers, developers, developers!), and that their creativity has incredible potential to change the world – and we want to help them do that.

2. We believe in the Internet of Things, and that as the devices get smaller, the cloud gets bigger.

3. We believe in natural user interfaces, and the power of things like voice and gesture to transform how users will interact with their devices and apps in the coming years.

I also spent some time today sharing some parts of our roadmap. It’s always tricky to find the right balance when sharing future plans, as some parts of the plan may change. But as our industry, our company, and Windows are in the midst of a pretty massive transformation in the way we build and deliver innovation to customers, partners and developers, we are taking some steps to be more transparent in signaling what’s ahead.

As a company that works with a wide range of hardware partners and developers, it’s our job to make it easy for partners to build amazing and successful devices and experiences on the Windows platform at competitive price points. Over the past several months, we’ve taken significant strides to do just that.

We recently announced our work with Qualcomm Technologies to enable new partners to broaden their product lineup with Windows Phone faster, easier and more affordably than ever before. We are thrilled to welcome 11 new Windows Phone partners since Mobile World Congress in February, with the addition of Micromax and Prestigio just announced today.

In addition to welcoming new Windows Phone device partners, we have been working to ensure the Windows platform supports a wider range of hardware options for device makers. Today we announced that the Windows 8.1 Update will support Intel’s Bay Trail Cost Reduced options, along with 1GB RAM and 16 GB storage configurations which are popular on entry level tablets and notebooks. We’re also working with Intel on enablement programs that make it easy for their partners to onboard new Windows devices quickly, much as we are with Qualcomm.

To accelerate the creation of great mobile devices running Windows and grow our number of users, we announced today that Windows will be available for 0 dollars to hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9” in size. This offering also enables hardware partners to provide their customers a one-year subscription to Office 365. These steps will help our partners to deliver the rich experience of Windows plus best-in-class hardware, software and services to consumers at affordable prices.

For partners, this makes it easier to bring more compelling devices to market. For developers, this means more endpoints for their apps in a store that’s already growing at about 50% a year. And for consumers, it will mean a broader range of great smartphones and tablets at prices that will be competitive with anything on the market.

I talked about the coming device revolution referred to as the Internet of Things, where billions of devices will be created and connected to the cloud, to each other, and to applications and services that will help define the next decade of computing.

We showed Windows running on an Intel Quark chip. It’s a processor the size of a pencil eraser that is running a full version of Windows, enabling developers to use all their Windows knowledge and skills to create new and exciting devices and experiences. When we are ready to ship Windows for the Internet of Things, we will make that available for zero dollars to encourage creation of these new devices and experiences in this new and exciting category.

I also showed the new version of Kinect on Windows, which takes the magical experience that Kinect provides on the Xbox to the PC, providing incredible opportunity for innovation in new and immersive app experiences.

Finally, I previewed some work we are doing for the next iteration of Windows, which builds on the journey we began with Windows 8 just over a year ago as well as the releases we’ve done since then. In particular, I showed some early thinking on how the user experience in Windows will evolve in a way that will help developers’ apps make their way to users across devices and form factors.

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We set out to do this is a thoughtful way – one where we could enable more productivity for customers working in desktop mode, while building smart bridges to the new modern user experience and ensuring customers can get access to all your great apps in the Windows Store no matter where they are in the experience, or which device type they’re on.

As I said today, these are glimpses of our roadmap, with a particular focus on the parts of our roadmap that are most relevant to our developer partners. We’ll continue to invest in these and many other areas to build a great platform and experiences for developers, customers and partners and you’ll hear more from us when this work is closer to being ready to ship out to the world.

It’s been a fun day so far in San Francisco – it’s always fun to show what we have ready to release soon as well as what we’re working on for the future. In a cloud and mobile first world, having a platform to enable great device experiences and the next wave of developer productivity and innovation is what we’re all about, and we hope you enjoy the journey with us.

-Terry

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  • i have a serious problem with my laptop, like it was upgraded from 8 to 8.1, but i accidentally refreshed my lAptop, it went back to 8, now 8.1 is still in the store but everytime i click on it, it wont activate to sart downloading its like the mouse bounces off the app, what should i do????

  • Sebian
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  • My experience after having used Windows 8 and Windows Phone for a while is that the modern UI does a good job in hiding all the details that otherwise often just disturbs. For instance, staring on a messy desktop with icons here and there, is not something I would like to go back to. I like the fact that with the Metro/modern UI it makes you first of all concentrate on the app's main tasks (and using all the screen available). In the start I too was confused whether an app had settings or additional functionality. But when you get used to the swipe movements or how you interact with apps then you always know where to find the settings (across apps) if the app has it. I would also assume that if additional functionality is an important part of an app/program, the app author can choose to put buttons directly on the screen (like in a text editor).

    I have used Win 8 (with touchscreen) for half a year and I don't miss a start menu on the desktop at all. I even have forgotten that it used to be there. Now, to start a program, I simply hit the Windows key or button on touch device, then start typing the name of the program. Very fast instead of having to navigate the start menu. Especially useful on a touch device. Alternatively, swipe down from the start screen and get the programs sorted alfabetically.

    I mostly use the desktop only when an application (or website) only is supported in desktop mode (like Visual Studio), or while browsing the file system (which it is good at by the way).

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  • mg0900
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    My experience after having used Windows 8 and Windows Phone for a while is that the modern UI does a good job in hiding all the details that otherwise often just disturbs. For instance, staring on a messy desktop with icons here and there, is not something I would like to go back to. I like the fact that with the Metro/modern UI it makes you first of all concentrate on the app's main tasks (and using all the screen available). In the start I too was confused whether an app had settings or additional functionality. But when you get used to the swipe movements or how you interact with apps then you always know where to find the settings (across apps) if the app has it. I would also assume that if additional functionality is an important part of an app/program, the app author can choose to put buttons directly on the screen (like in a text editor).

    I have used Win 8 (with touchscreen) for half a year and I don't miss a start menu on the desktop at all. I even have forgotten that it used to be there. Now, to start a program, I simply hit the Windows key or button on touch device, then start typing the name of the program. Very fast instead of having to navigate the start menu. Especially useful on a touch device. Alternatively, swipe down from the start screen and get the programs sorted alfabetically.

    I mostly use the desktop only when an application (or website) only is supported in desktop mode (like Visual Studio), or while browsing the file system (which it is good at by the way).

  • onnorh
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    Metro or whatever that name is a very poor UI. Take for instance the Weather app. Why is it that Microsoft decided to hide the app/commands bar by default. The weather app opens in full screen mode and the app/command bar is hidden. You are staring at this full screen thing that takes over your entire window and you feel trapped. How in the world is a user supposed to know to swipe down or up to show the app/command bar or for a desktop user to right-clicked to display the app bar. Truly unbelievable. If this isn't the dumbest thing that I've seen, I don't know what else to say. So Microsoft expects that each time an app opens in full screen mode, users should swipe down up or down or right-clicked to show an app bar that might or might not be there. Users have to memorize which apps have a hidden app bar and which do not by always perfuming these gestures. Imagine if MS Word opens and the toolbar is hidden by default and you require the user to right-clicked to exposed the app bar. Now Microsoft is talking about "WINDOWED" Metro app... why didn't you do this in the first place. So if we have "windowed" metro app and the weather app opens in a window, a user has to right=clicked just to display the commands to change the city. I don't know what MS was think, but in their quest to chase iOS...the went all in with this full screen monstrosity with hiding app menu that should be visible in the first place. This same thing applies to the Metro IE. Tabs are hidden by default...blah blah blah. No wonder ppl prefer the Desktop IE. Also, please stop the Metro Picture viewer from trying to open my picture in FULL SCREEN...very annoying. SMH

  • The Start menu will Appear at Windows 8.1 Update 2  ?

  • @hajj-3 - you do realise that in 8.1 you already have easy access to the Control panel? Just right-click on the Windows logo at the bottom left hand side of the screen whether in Start Screen or Desktop...

  • You might want to clarify just what the next 'iteration' of Windows is; Terry indicated it would be available as an update to Windows 8 as per his keynote at BUILD today.

  • hajj_3
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    will there be "control panel" and "devices and printers" on the start menu as i use those 2 options frequently but they aren't in your screenshot? If they aren't by default will you allow us to customize the start menu to do that with a few user changeable settings?

  • hajj_3
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    will there be "control panel" and "devices and printers" on the start menu as i use those 2 options frequently but they aren't in your screenshot? If they aren't by default will you allow us to customize the start menu to do that with a few user changeable settings?

  • Zartan
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    You need to make the icons more uniform in Windows on the desktop. You have XP, 7 aero-style, and modern Metro style icons and menus on that screen. It doesn't feel cohesive because of all the different aesthetic styles. Perhaps give the user the option to choose the theme/style as well.

  • - Thank you for your comment! No, the Start menu shown above is not included in the Windows 8.1 Update. What Terry showed today at Build and above blog post is a preview of work we are doing in the next iteration of Windows.

  • Helo , I am Pierrick a Microsoft Student Partner. My question will not be ambigious : does  there is the start menu you show in the Windows 8.1 update ? As you like, you can anwser me  at Pierrick.courilleau@Studentpartner.com. Thank you