Tomorrow, Microsoft will finally crack open the door, officially, to let outsiders in on some of the details about the next version of Windows. Of course, if you have been reading Neowin, you will know that we have already spelled out many of the new features for the technical preview. More so, we have previously talked about the surveys that will be included in the technical preview and now we are learning more about the telemetry system that Microsoft will be using.
Microsoft will be using a new system, codenamed 'Asimov', that will provide a near real-time view of what is happening on users' machines. Before you freak out and think Microsoft is watching all of your mouse clicks, our knowledge of the system indicates that the data is obscured and aggregated, but affords Microsoft new insights into user interactions with the OS. Mary Jo Foley, who uncovered the codename, says that the system was originally built by the Xbox Team.
The idea is quite simple: gather as much data as possible to make sure that the user experience is exactly like Microsoft has envisioned. With more telemetry data, it will help the team behind the OS make sure that updates, features, and every other aspect are all working correctly and if not, they will have high-quality data to troubleshoot the issue.
We don't know how much Microsoft will publicly talk about the data that it receives but the surveys we noted previously will play a part in the overall picture. Additionally, those who are going to download the technical preview are likely to be 'power users' who will utilize the platform in unique scenarios that Microsoft hopes will identify any odd bug ahead of the final release.