A February 15th job posting by Microsoft has all but confirmed the existence of “Windows Blue”, and the role it will play in improving the Core Windows 8 experience. According to the listing, Microsoft is looking for individuals willing to work on the centerpiece of its new Windows UI, and the additional verbiage surrounding the qualifications suggest they are referring to the new start screen interface.
Here is the official wording from the post:
“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."
For those that haven’t been following, Windows Blue promises to be more than just a service pack, and like the company’s new licensing terms for Office, Blue also represents a radical departure from the standard way of doing business in Redmond. Blue is widely expected to include new features, further bridge the gaps between mobile and desktop platforms, and implement API’s to help assist developers.
This new information unofficially confirms that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 users can look forward to big changes before the launch of Windows 9, but we still don’t know if these will come with a price tag or not.
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