Windows Blue will bring regular updates to improve Windows 8

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


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.


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


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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