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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 and moving a lot of licenses, but struggling in sales -- particularly among enthusiasts.  At the root of the controversy 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, first noted by Charon at, Microsoft seeks 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) notes a second post, pertaining to Windows Phone Blue:

Windows Phone Blue

Excel MX is expected to OneNote MX and Lynx MX as a touch-optimized offering available from the Windows Store.

ZDNet'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.

Sources: Microsoft [1], [2 via Twitter]

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RE: Brace yourselves....
By tayb on 2/18/2013 3:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
Posts like these are what lead me to believe that most of the "haters" have never actually tried to use Windows 8 for more than a few moments.

I actually use my PC to work every day. At this moment I have 17 windows open across three monitors. My quick launch menu has 15 applications in it. My star menu is used quite a bit. Pinning and grouping applications is pointless and slow. Metro is equally pointless and slow. My task menu has 10 applications currently listed. I use/click them all.

Windows 8 handles this type of multi-task/multi-application work much better than Windows 7. In Windows 7 you are limited in the number of applications you can pin to the start menu for quick access. In the Windows 8 start screen no such limitation exists. In Windows 7 you must download and manage applications to get the task bar on every screen. In Windows 8 this is no longer an issue.

My quick launch bar has 21 applications on it. My start screen has 16 more. On 3 screens. If I was stuck using Windows 7 I would have to go through the start menu to all programs. No thanks.

If I want to see what services are running I don't need to type 'services' into the start menu. I just open the task manager. If I want to see what applications load at start up I just open the task manager. No more msconfig.

I have a lot going on in my job. I need a desktop environment which works for me. Metro just doesn't. I don't want to spend time hacking my corporate PC to make it function like Windows 7 does flawlessly. That's unacceptable.

Metro isn't a desktop environment... The desktop is alive and well in Windows 8.

Start screen = full screen start menu. Once you get over that shocking realization you can focus on the actual enhancements to Windows 8... and there are many.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By tayb on 2/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Brace yourselves....
By SAN-Man on 2/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Brace yourselves....
By tayb on 2/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Brace yourselves....
By SAN-Man on 2/18/2013 6:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
But somehow you don't? Odd.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By tayb on 2/19/2013 10:23:59 AM , Rating: 2
Step 1: Post some complaints
Step 2: Ignore response
Step 3: Ignore second response
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Profit

RE: Brace yourselves....
By nikon133 on 2/18/2013 4:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
Perfect post, much as I am concerned.

I would only add beautiful right-click admin menu in lower-left corner. Genius.

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