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Confirmed: Windows Blue will focus on Windows 8 Start Screen and UI

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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:34 AM



We already knew that Microsoft is replacing service packs with more rapidly delivered updates for Windows, starting with 'Windows Blue'. The update would be rolled out sometime later this year. Now we can see the first official mention of Windows Blue in a job posting on Microsoft's careers site, which gives us a hint that Windows Blue will focus on user interface, Start Screen improvements, application lifecycle, windowing and personalization, and how users interact with their computers rather than under-the-hood changes.


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 who don't know, Blue is the codename for the next update wave of Windows-related operating system and services. There will be a 'Blue' update to Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows Phone 8 and all the Windows Services like Hotmail and SkyDrive.


Update: Good news for Windows Phone users --  a Twiter user found a Microsoft job reference to Windows Phone Blue too. Here's his screen shot.


Source: Mary Jo Foley

#2 K.L.Devine


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

Can't wait to see what changes Microsoft will bring to the Metro UI. I hope they will keep in mind that not all Windows 8 users have expensive touch screens.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Am I alone who needs a close button on full screen Metro apps? :whistle:

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:50 PM

It would be a great idea to allow people to boot straight to desktop and then add an option to put a button on the taskbar to launch the Start Screen.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

^ Is it difficult to move your mouse to bottom-left corner of screen and click to launch the Start Screen?

#6 Darren 54

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:27 PM

I think the word "windowing" is related to the desktop mode. :unsure:

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

..an option to put a button on the taskbar to launch the Start Screen.

Steve Ballmer has already said that Microsoft has no intention to bring any kind of start button to Windows again.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:11 AM

Under the hood changes = Service Pack
Over the hood changes = Feature Pack
Windows Blue is a Feature Pack! :punk:

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

Interesting indeed, though I have no idea how they can improve without changing the basic design concept.

Perhaps making the desktop more metro style, so the impression of two UI's is minimal.

And more and better MS metro apps minimizing the need to go to desktop.

Also improving the the communication from metro apps to desktop apps (ie IE/mail).

General UI improvements fo non touch users would de nice (ie on/off)

#10 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

Did they remove the job posting from their career site? :lol:

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