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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 Ma-config.com, 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 Murst on 2/18/2013 3:52:56 PM , Rating: 2
I have the exact opposite experience with Windows 8. I switched to Win8 because it actually has proper multi-monitor support, so that when I have many applications open at the same time, they are actually manageable. This wasn't really possible in Win7, but in Win8 you can keep what is happening on each monitor and having the taskbar to match it. I can't stand using Win7 now because I can't find my open applications quickly enough.

I also do not understand why people miss the start menu. Both the start menu in Win7 and start screen in Win8 suck. I actually have no idea where my applications are, but that doesn't matter, because I simply type the application name in the search bar and hit enter (for things that aren't pinned to my taskbar).

Also, multi-monitor support functions correctly when using remote desktop to a Win8 machine. You could fake it in Win7 by using /span, but that had its own flaws.


RE: Brace yourselves....
By jmke on 2/19/2013 4:26:40 AM , Rating: 3
Ultramon.


RE: Brace yourselves....
By Fritzr on 2/19/2013 7:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
Paid 3rd party vs Free pre-installed.

Integrated, free and pre-installed usually wins with consumers.


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