Microsoft Confirms "Metro" Makeover Coming With Windows Blue
February 18, 2013 1:30 PM
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New Windows Phone update is also in store
Windows 8 sales have been mixed, with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) seeing
strong OEM support
moving a lot of licenses
struggling in sales
particularly among enthusiasts
. At the
is the rich graphical GUI
formerly known as "Metro"
, which today is
referred to as Windows 8 UI
There've been unconfirmed rumors that a Windows 8 update
code-named Windows Blue
was in store for later this year or early next year. Now those rumors have seemingingly been confirmed, and Microsoft has dropped an indication that it make respond to criticism and tweak the UI.
In a job posting,
by Charon at
an experienced software engineer, writing:
We’re looking for an excellent, experienced SDET to join the Core Experience team in Windows Sustained Engineering (WinSE). The Core Experience features are the centerpiece of the new Windows UI, representing most of what customers touch and see in the OS, including: the start screen; application lifecycle; windowing; and personalization. Windows Blue promises to build and improve upon these aspects of the OS, enhancing ease of use and the overall user experience on devices and PCs worldwide.
In a second post, Twitter user @h0x0d (Walking Cat on Twitter)
a second post, pertaining to Windows Phone Blue:
Excel MX is expected to OneNote MX and Lynx MX as a touch-optimized offering available from the Windows Store.
's Mary Jo Foley indicates Microsoft is gunning hard to try to deliver the UI and services overhaul by the end of this upcoming summer. The refresh is expected to be the first cross platform push for Microsoft's new unified strategy; Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Hotmail, and SkyDrive will all receive similar makeovers.
Windows 8 UI critics shouldn't get too excited -- the new UI
isn't expected to bring back the "Start" button
, a perpetual criticism of the Windows 8 UI.
A major focus of the Blue update is to improve APIs to make it easier to design an app that works with only a few modifications, on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
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RE: Not holding my breath....
2/18/2013 3:22:07 PM
What are you talking about?
Windows 8, as far as I can see, is still perfectly open as usual.
Steam have a store, EA has a store, Ubuntu has a store, Apple has a store, Android has a store so heck... MS has a store! I'm glad that they do!
RE: Not holding my breath....
2/19/2013 7:15:00 PM
The difference is that MS has followed Apple's lead and the only source of Metro software is the MS Appstore. This will change when the Win version of jailbreak & unauthorized appstores finally appear.
Win8 does support generally distributed Win7 apps for Win8 desktop, but for Win8 RT Microsoft is the only source of legal software.
Having a store full of curated software is nice. Requiring that no software be installed that Microsoft has not pre-approved is bad.
Yes, you can buy the SDK and compile apps for personal use, but you are then unable to share them with anyone else who does not have the ability to recompile and generate a key.
Note: This restriction is only on Metro Mode, but becomes a serious for Win8 RT owners.
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