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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 crispbp04 on 2/18/2013 5:20:12 PM , Rating: -1
if you were intelligent enough you would use your keyboard to launch applications, essentially making the start screen and start menu 100% equal, and the difference in usage from win7 to win8 nonexistent (hit start type a few keys hit enter omgitlaunchescorrectapplication). It's not metro that's slow, it's you. If you're not pinning frequent applications to your taskbar you're also retarded.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 5:31:21 PM , Rating: 4
""if you were intelligent enough.......... not pinning frequent applications to your taskbar you're also retarded."

He is, pinning apps to his taskbar... he said he's got 15 of them. If you were intelligent enough, you would know that the taskbar is also called quick-launch. ;)

Sorry, I couldn't resist, seeing someone insult the intelligence of another with a clear mistake in the response is pretty funny. :P

RE: Brace yourselves....
By crispbp04 on 2/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Brace yourselves....
By Norseman4 on 2/18/2013 7:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
In Win7, I pinned 1 item (VS2010 ... gimme a linix version of that and we'll talk!) to both the Start menu and task bar.

Mousing over the start menu item at the top of the list (VS2010) shows all of my recent files. Same shows up for the pinned item in my task bar.

(I truly love this xerox inspired addition to the PC called a mouse, except when the laser has trouble tracking on the gloss white desktop)

RE: Brace yourselves....
By Norseman4 on 2/18/2013 7:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, got a bit confused about the poster-who-I-replying-to's viewpoint. (I blame the rum, though I still don't like the Win8 UI for anything but touch enabled screens)

RE: Brace yourselves....
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 7:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
Quicklaunch is what he is referring to as taskbar when you insulted him for no reason. It is one in the same, some apps take advantage of the added functionality some don't, but its the same thing. Not sure? Check where your own taskbar shortcuts are... I'll give you a clue, they live here in the "QUICKLAUNCH" folder in Vista, Win7 and 8 (and the equivalent folder in XP as well).

C:\Users\[userfolder]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\I nternet Explorer\Quick Launch

RE: Brace yourselves....
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 7:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
I meant to add... .YOu'll even find your "user pinned" folder there. It is the exact same thing int he same place with added funtcionality for apps that support it. Thus the folder name - quicklaunch.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By crispbp04 on 2/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: Brace yourselves....
By retrospooty on 2/18/2013 8:55:11 PM , Rating: 3
Lol. Its not wrong, you're wrong , go look at your own folder I posted above. Pin a new app to your taskbar. You will see it appear in your quicklaunch\pinned folder you dope. Delete another pinned app and you will see it disappear. Its the same thing.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By bigboxes on 2/19/2013 10:25:03 AM , Rating: 3
RE: Brace yourselves....
By crispbp04 on 2/19/2013 3:21:46 PM , Rating: 2
i didn't need to mention vista since nobody used it. But yeah, it died with vista, thanks for the correction.

It doesn't change the fact that quick launch sucked, and it is not the same as a pinned application. Where microsoft decided to store information is irrelevant.

RE: Brace yourselves....
By bigboxes on 2/19/2013 4:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
Sigh. That is a Win7 screenshot. Right click on the task bar > Toolbars > Quick Launch.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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