Windows Blue has been confirmed in a job ad posted on the Microsoft Careers website, with the previously rumoured Windows 8 follow-on set to launch annual OS updates for Windows devices.
The job posting revealed Microsoft is searching for a software development engineer to join its Core Experience team. The future employee would be working on the next Microsoft OS, named in the job description as Windows Blue.
“We’re looking for an excellent, experienced SDET to join the Core Experience team in Windows Sustained Engineering (WinSE),” an excerpt from the ad reads. “The Core Experience features are the centrepiece of the new Windows UI, representing most of what customers touch and see in the OS, including: the start screen; application lifecycle; windowing; and personalisation. 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.”
Despite a lack of concrete details for the next-gen OS, the job description provides the first official confirmation for Windows Blue. The ad has consequently been removed from the Microsoft Careers site.
Similar to the Apple Mac OS X yearly releases in their various feline forms, Windows Blue will offer Windows 8 improvements through annual updates. The upcoming OS will be the first deviation from Microsoft’s usual costly three-year gap between OS releases, such as between Windows 7 in 2009 and Windows 8 in 2012.
Windows Blue updates should also cost next-to-nothing, with releases either available for free, or for a fraction of the regular cost of updating a Microsoft device. Windows 8 apps will remain compatible with all future Windows Blue updates, making Microsoft a more flexible platform to work with.
According to sources, Windows Blue is due to launch around the middle of this year, with focus on improving the Windows 8 UI’s touch and feel if the job advert is taken at face value.
Another job posted on the Microsoft Careers website reveals Windows Blue will also be coming to Windows Phone 8 devices, in the form of Windows Phone Blue. The second Microsoft job offers a senior development lead in the Office team, working to bring the Microsoft Office Excel app to “Windows Phone Blue”.
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Via: CNET UK