Windows Blue – the evolution of Windows 8’s start screen; application lifecycle; windowing; and personalization

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 01:39 Written by admin Sunday, 17 February 2013 01:39

Microsoft was quick to take down a job posting on its Careers site (via Mary Jo Foley) that provided some details about Windows 8’s successor. According to the posting, the Redmond company is hard at work on a Windows 8 refresh, which apparently will not be marketed as a new version of the operating system – Windows 9.

The beans spilled read as such: “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.”

As far as I’m concerned, the fact that Microsoft took down the job posting and probably is putting the poor guy or gal who uploaded it through the pains of hell acts as perfect confirmation of the plans in motion for Windows Blue.

What’s interesting is that Windows Blue will not impact only Windows 8, but also Windows Server 2012 and Windows Phone 8, with the refresh reverberating to complimentary Windows services such as SkyDrive and Hotmail.

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