Hello everyone! We’re a group of engineers from the Windows team at Microsoft. Our focus areas included user experiences, the app platform, Internet Explorer and more. We are here from 10:30 to noon to answer your questions about Windows 8.1. We are best suited to discuss the vision behind its development, features and benefits, and our personal experiences throughout the development and launch. Find out more about Windows 8.1 on the Windows Blog.

We will be officially starting at 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST and we'll be responding to questions from the MSFT_Jason, MSFT_katie, MSFT_Ian, MSFT_Rob, MSFT_Galileo and Windowsonreddit handles –more details on each of us in our separate handles.

EDIT: Thanks, all! We're closing out a few questions and logging off. It's been fun! Be sure to visit the Windows Blog for more details and download Windows 8.1 if you haven't already.

EDIT 2: One last note -- starting today for the next 8 days – we will pick 810 (see what we did there?) random winners per day who tweet and share their new Start screen after updating their Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1 with the #MyStart hashtag. Winners will receive a $10 promotional Windows Store gift card.

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EnterpriseT140 karma

Two questions.

Why is there no "Me" Tile for Windows 8 (I see the functinality is sort of included on the "People" Tile). It would be great to have it the same on both the Windows and Windows Phone platforms.

Will autoplaylists ever come to Xbox Music for hearted songs or recently added music?

msft_jason278 karma

Great question. I have my wife and family contacts pinned to my Start screen but I never thought to pin myself. I like the idea. Luckily that team is just down the hall and I'm literally going to walk down there after lunch and give them your suggestion.

michaelgiles889 karma

Are there any plans for Microsoft to build the Windows equivalent to the Newsstand and iBooks apps found on iOS? It'd be nice to not have to rely on Kindle, etc. and be able to purchase books and reading subscriptions with my Microsoft account!

windowsonreddit8 karma

Definitely on the radar and something we're working on!