Steven:“Well, we aren’t out of the game — you picked a few things that we’ve not done well on, while there are some things we’ve done well. There’s now more opportunity for us to do a better job. We didn’t do the job, and now we have to go after it.”
Steven’s talking about Microsoft’s efforts thus far with touch; while Windows 7 “has it,” the company understood that things needed to be attacked differently for tablets.
Here’s hoping that changes today. Meanwhile, Steven’s talking about the WinNT kernel.
Walt just said we’ll see the new build of Windows “shortly.” In case you couldn’t tell, we’re sitting on the edge of our seat… mildly uncomfortable, but worth it.
Steven: “It’s better because of all the things that Windows brings…”
Walt: “Let me say here — viruses, malware, etc.”
Steven: “Right now, we’re focused on getting the release done, and the next milestone is the developer conference in September. We’re aiming to keep new Windows builds coming every two the three years. I can tell you it won’t be this fall.”
Not really — employees are consumers too, and the lines have blurred somewhat. That has definitely been a recurring theme throughout D9, starting with Eric Schmidt’s line that traditional IT is dead.
Steven: “Yes! There’s all new APIs so you can build things to look like this. You’ll have access to entirely new services (like the photo file picker).”
Answer: You’d have to just not use a desktop-based application. In other words, it’ll always live there.
Eager for more? We’re settled in (again) at D9 here in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and with HP’s boss headed for stage right, it’s Steven Sinofsky finding a comfortable spot in the hot seat. For those needing a refresher, he’s the president of Windows and Windows Live, and with rampant talk of Windows 8 dominating the news this week, we’re clearly hoping to catch a few quips about how the outfit’s next major OS release will be (prayerfully) tailored for tablets. Join me for the blow-by-blow just after the break!