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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: I never used to think...
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 4:49:30 PM , Rating: 5
I dunno... I forced myself to try it again, just to make sure I am up on it to help others troubleshoot... And I was answering a challenge from a friend, to give it an honest try for 1 month... I have been using it on my main desktop PC for the past 8-9 days and I can honestly say its not that bad. Once you get all your shortcuts set up and get over the hate for the new UI, its OK. Not thrilled with it, but its tolerable and I will probably keep it.

Maybe that should be the ad slogan. Windows 8 with Metro UI... "Its really not that bad"

RE: I never used to think...
By tamalero on 2/20/2013 12:00:39 AM , Rating: 1
thats the problem.
No software should be a nightmare to "start up".

we lose countless of hours trying to find these shortcuts when my coworkers got new machines preinstalled with windows8.

RE: I never used to think...
By Azethoth on 2/22/2013 5:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
Meh, I hated the goddamned start button with a passion. I hated that thing for decades, well almost 2.

I love Metro. It is what I want in a launch screen.

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