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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: Not holding my breath....
By Ramstark on 2/18/2013 6:12:54 PM , Rating: 0
Except that, you know...Win8 is OPEN AS Win7!!!!!!

OMG, and I thought DT was all about people who actually know what they talk about...

And give me the "Win RT is closed"'s just an experiment to try the "Apple" approach (as you correctly mention) but never will be the main market for MS.

Ms has always been "the center" option, you like opennes? Try Linux..oh, you don't want to configure everything, including the memory bus, good, stay here.Oh you like closed ecosystems? Try Apple, wait, you don't want to pay all your money for a new type of connector that only they sell? Ok, then, stay here...

So, MS isn't "alienating" noone, you do it yourself, by not getting informed and reading about what you use in your life.

RE: Not holding my breath....
By ET on 2/19/2013 6:44:12 AM , Rating: 2
OMG, and I thought DT was all about people who actually know what they talk about...

How did you get that idea? :)

Any post which has anything to do with Windows 8, on any site, will get a large number of irrational haters. It's true for a lot of other subjects (Apple comes to mind) but the Windows 8 flame is just so incredibly effective in drawing the hater moths.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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