The best kind of gift is a surprise, and Microsoft has wrapped up a nice one today inadvertently confirming a few things about its upcoming Windows 8. Chief Steven Sinofsky posted a list of teams working on the next gen OS on the Microsoft Developer Network blog, accidentally confirming a Windows 'App store' and according to Slashgear, possibly Kinect integration.
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The post was titled "Introducing the team", and was simply meant to make its development process a bit more transparent. Cheers Microsoft.
Sinofsky's post details how the Window's project is vast, and is achieved through various smaller projects working independently, but towards a unified goal. The work is organised into feature teams, with approximately 35-40 being employed.
The kicker is the Sinofsky has revealed a team is dedicated to "App store", rousing suspicion whether or not it will replace its former marketplace with something a little more Apple.
Additionally, there's a feature team named "Human Interaction Platform", sounding like a feature facilitated by Microsoft's hugely popular Kinect motion controller.
It's plausible, considering Kinect technology is being used in the enterprise world, medical industry, and classrooms.
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If so, this looks like evidence that Microsoft is designing Windows 8 to offer a more interactive, and ultimately immersive experience.
Here is the complete list of Feature teams:
"App Compatibility and Device Compatibility
Applications and Media Experience
Core Experience Evolved
Devices & Networking Experience
Hardware Developer Experience
Human Interaction Platform
In Control of Your PC
Licensing and Deployment
Presentation and Composition
Reliability, Security, and Privacy
Search, View, and Command
Security & Identity
Storage & Files Systems
Wireless and Networking services