Microsoft job postings hint at changes coming for Windows Blue

Feb 18, 2013 by Bob Yirka report

(Phys.org)—Postings on Microsoft's Career web site appear to confirm widely spread rumors that Microsoft is planning to offer regular updates to Windows 8, similar to the way Apple updates its operating system, i.e. on a yearly basis. Code named Windows Blue, updates appear to be targeted at not just the internals' of the operating system, but the user interface (UI) as well.

In one job posting for an engineer, Microsoft reveals the company is looking for someone to join its Core Experience Team, which the listing says will entail working on making improvements to the UI, including such fundamental aspects as the Start experience, the application lifecycle, how windowing works and overall personalization.

Microsoft diverged dramatically from its traditional UI when it launched Windows 8, of course, a move that most industry insiders have attributed to a desire to meld the look and feel of all of the various platforms on which Windows appears—computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. Updates to the UI, while applying to its most basic components, are not expected to result in major changes to the user experience though—if Microsoft is working on that, users won't likely see it till Windows 9 makes its debut.

In another job posting, the company says its Excel Mobile Office team is looking for a development lead with a lot of experience to help implement something they call Windows Phone Blue—a likely code name for the development of applications to run on Windows smartphones to coincide with changes the company is making across its entire sweet of operating systems and the applications running on them. The idea is, apparently, to create a version of Excel that can run on a , but will still look like versions of Excel running on a computer or tablet.

Up till now, Microsoft has followed a traditional pattern with its —they would create a major revision and then send out patches to fix known problems while working on the next major upgrade. But that was before smartphones and tablets and hybrids and all the rest. Now, it appears the company feels it needs to be not only more responsive, but to act proactively to tweak their product between major releases—a strategy that should allow them to keep their looking fresh.

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BSD
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 18, 2013
Does Win8 still require you to restart the system when updates are installed? If so, it's about time they got out of that. A bit embarrassing if it still behaves like DOS, this time with an even uglier front end. The colours of the UI look like something out of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Anda
5 / 5 (2) Feb 18, 2013
Does Win8 still require you to restart the system when updates are installed? If so, it's about time they got out of that. A bit embarrassing if it still behaves like DOS, this time with an even uglier front end. The colours of the UI look like something out of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

@BSD_monkey: My Iphone does restart too with each update...
antigoracle
1 / 5 (3) Feb 18, 2013
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Just_some_guy
5 / 5 (6) Feb 18, 2013
...its entire sweet of operating systems...

Does anyone want to buy the author a dictionary?
VendicarE
1 / 5 (3) Feb 18, 2013
Sadly, Microsoft will continue to flounder and die as long as Ball Boy Ballmer remains the Chief Executive Incompetent.
Picard
3 / 5 (2) Feb 19, 2013
...its entire sweet of operating systems...

Does anyone want to buy the author a dictionary?


Rofl!!!
alfie_null
5 / 5 (2) Feb 19, 2013
Prerequisite: 7 or more years developing applications for the Windows 8 environment.
VendicarE
1 / 5 (1) Feb 19, 2013
Alfie_Null has been reading the want adds.

When I was looking for work a decade ago, I regularly saw prospective employers asking for years of experience writing code for applications that had just entered the market.

No doubt these were the same businesses claiming that they can't find adequately experienced workers.

American Capitalism is such a spectacular failure.
BSD
1 / 5 (1) Feb 20, 2013

@BSD_monkey: My Iphone does restart too with each update...

Anda, that's iPhone, dickhead. Like all other iJobs inspired shit.
antialias_physorg
1 / 5 (1) Feb 20, 2013
...its entire sweet of operating systems... Does anyone want to buy the author a dictionary?

That's what you get when you raise kids on autocorrect instead of teaching them.

And certainly an indication that the author doesn't even know what the word means.