Windows 8 follow-up confirmed via Microsoft job post

News 18 Feb, 2013

Development of Windows 8 update 'Windows Blue' seems to be steaming ahead, according to new Microsoft job post.

A Microsoft job advert has been widely interpreted as proof of life for rumoured Windows 8 follow-up, "Windows Blue".

The listing appeared over the weekend and seems to suggest the software giant is looking for an “excellent, experienced SDET (Software Development Engineer in Test)” to work on Windows Blue, but has since been taken down.

The ad is thought to mark the first time Microsoft has openly spoken about Windows Blue.

“Windows Blue promises to build and improve upon [the start screen, application lifecycle, windowing and personalisation] aspects of the OS, enhancing ease of use and the overall user experience on devices and PCs worldwide,” the advert stated.

Previous rumours circulating around the update have pointed to Windows Blue being released some time before the end of 2013, and that it would be optimised for tablets.

It is expected to go beyond most service packs and, while not constituting a new operating system, it is anticipated to include a number of new features and interface changes.

A further job listing, also now removed, has indicated Microsoft is developing a new Excel App for Windows Phone Blue.

“As a development lead you will hire and manage a team of top-notch developers ... and work closely with PM and Test counterparts across multiple orgs to help realise the vision of building high quality excel app for Windows Phone Blue,” the advert said.

IT Pro was awaiting a comment from Microsoft at the time of publication.