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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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Just Once....
By ReverendDC on 2/18/2013 6:22:43 PM , Rating: 3
...I would love to see people vote with their wallets. Every time an article comes up about Windows 8, some people simply HAVE to complain about it.

A quick hint: if you don't like it, don't buy it and don't use it. Why some people think that they have to convince others that something is great or something is horrid is beyond me.

For the grand majority of users, command line, the ability to put a nyam cat in the corner of every screen, and the ability to make your system grow legs and walk to the store for you are not relevant. Most people simply want web browsing, email, and light gaming, along with some streaming when appropriate. What about Win8 screams "horrible" when looking at it in this light?

I'll repeat: if you don't like it, don't use it. If you are a developer, you generally have your choice of which system you wish to run. You can remember /sudo. You can find SourceForge. Go to Linux. The other 1% will join you in saying how "everyone is going to switch to Linux because Microsoft <insert complaint here>."

The reason why 90%+ PCs STILL run Windows is because it is the best at what it does. The market doesn't have fanbois. The market has money, and the money has consistently been sunk into Windows by groups large and small. There are multiple industries that were created JUST TO MAKE MACHINES THAT WINDOWS RUNS ON. It is what it is. Use what you like. That doesn't mean that everyone else is an idiot for disagreeing with your opinion.

Thanks for your time.




RE: Just Once....
By HelloWorld123 on 2/19/2013 1:43:28 AM , Rating: 2
It is not that simple. People are not happy with Microsoft because they have vested interested in the success of the MS OS.

Time investment - many people and companies have been using this OS for a long time and it is a big pain to readjust (if possible at all) your computing through another platform.

Software investment - many people and companies have invested in software that they want to keep using with the next Windows iteration. By introducing an obtuse OS/ OS UI which is hard to use Microsoft effectively prevents these people to use their software investment.

Gaming - as there is no other OS as targeted for gaming as Windows, it is normal for people to get angry when their gaming platform gets destroyed. And where can you go from Windows for gaming?

Developers - there are many Microsoft devs that feel betrayed by the inconsistent MS vision about their dev platform. There is a whole software industry based on developing for the MS ecosystem. These people care about how the MS OS moves forward.

So now you might understand why people are pissed off at MS for their stupid moves. For once! :)

Thanks for your time!


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