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Microsoft starts Windows 8 blog with a dose of humility

Microsoft said that it’s learned lessons from its past mistakes about promising features that don’t deliver. (Jonathan Alcorn/BLOOMBERG)

To kick things off, Windows and Windows Live President Steve Sinofsky obliquely hinted that the blog is a part of Microsoft’s efforts not to repeat the mistakes of the past and Windows Vista.

“We’ve heard people express frustration over how little we’ve communicated so far about Windows 8,” he wrote in the inaugural post. “We’ve certainly learned lessons over the years about the perils of talking about features before we have a solid understanding of our ability to execute.”

Microsoft previously blogged about the development of Windows 7 in 2008 as an attempt to reconnect with its consumer and developer community following the release of Vista.

Sinofsky said that the company looks forward to hearing customers’ thoughts through blog comments or through e-mail, which he said is a greater focus of the blog than building buzz about the next system.

“Rather than generating traffic or building excitement, this blog is here to provide a two-way dialog about the complexities and tradeoffs of product development,” he wrote.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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