Engineering is a process, with trial and error, analysis, weighing of pros and cons, planning for the unexpected, and discovering unexpected issues along the way. It’s exciting precisely because we’re always learning as we go.
I want to welcome you to our new blog, which is about just that: the engineering behind Windows Live.
Over the last year, we’ve consolidated our blogging efforts for all of the different Windows Live teams into a single blog, Windows Live team blog
(or “Windows Live Wire”), so you wouldn't have to chase all over the web find out what we’re up to and what’s new in our products. But as we’ve brought the different blogs together, some of you let us know that you wanted to see more details about not only what
we’re building, but why
This blog, Inside Windows Live
, is where we’ll do that.
The posts here are intended to complement those on the Windows Live team blog, which will continue to provide Windows Live customers with essential news and information about using our products and services.
The new blog, on the other hand, will be dedicated to software engineers, web industry insiders, and to our most passionate Windows Live customers, those who want to dig a little deeper into how we build our services and how they’re used worldwide.
We’ll start by giving you the current state of our software and services, including Hotmail
, and our Essentials
suite of client software.  We’ll share with you how we build and operate our services, explain what’s going on when there are service interruptions, and talk about how we see people using our services worldwide.  As we release new or updated products, we’ll provide an inside look into the changes we made and why we made them.
But we won’t just be telling you what we think. We’ll also be asking you what you think. We strongly believe that success for Windows Live must include an open and honest two-way discussion about how we operate and design our products in order to balance the different interests of customers and partners who rely on us every day.
We’ve created this blog with that two-way conversation in mind. We decided to host Inside Windows Live
here on The Windows Blog
in part to reflect the great synergy between Windows Live and the new Windows 7 operating system, and in part because this site gives us better options for monitoring and gathering your feedback—via comments, direct mail, and even hosted IM conversations. Over the next few months you will also see this site become integrated with Windows Live ID, giving you even more ways to interact with us on Windows Live.
I’ll be blogging here regularly, along with the lead engineers on my engineering team, who will be able to give you deeper insights into each of the products they work on. Because each blog post is just the start of a conversation,
you’ll see us respond directly to comments, and follow up on other comments with new blog posts.
In short, we will take the blog where you want to take it—so if you have questions or topic suggestions, please leave a comment! We’d like to thank you for your interest in Windows Live, and we’re looking forward to getting a good discussion going with you in the next few posts.
Corporate Vice President, Windows Live