Sunday, February 17, 2013

Windows Blue update to 'build on and improve' Windows 8

Windows Blue update to 'build on and improve' Windows 8

Windows Blue update to 'build on and improve' Windows 8

Microsoft has revealed more details about its reported Windows Blue project, which promises to bring regular updates to its Windows 8 operating system.

According to a February 15 job posting on the Microsoft Careers site, the software giant is seeking an engineer to join its Windows Core Experience Team.

That part of the operation will be working on improving the centrepiece of the new Windows UI, including the start screen, application lifecycle, windowing and personalisation, according to the post.

This seems to suggest that Windows Blue will bring more than a few tweaks under the bonnet and offer tangible visual enhancements to the Windows 8 software.

Centerpiece of the new Windows UI

Indeed, the post mentions Windows Blue by name and says the updates will look to 'build on and improve Windows 8' as time goes on.

An excerpt reads: "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 experienc e on devices and PCs worldwide."

It is also thought that Windows Blue updates will be extended to multiple Microsoft platforms, including Windows 8 server, the mobile OS Windows Phone 8 and applications like Sky Drive and Hotmail.

Indeed another post on Microsoft's job site mentions Windows Phone Blue by name, so that is definitely on the horizon.

The plan from Microsoft's point of view is reportedly to move towards a more regular update pace, rather than the three year gap that separated Windows 7 and Windows 8, with little improvements in between.

Apple has enjoyed great success in this arena, gradually adding new strings to the bow of Mac OS X every year, through its feline-themed updates.

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