You probably have heard that Microsoft had sold 60 million copies of Windows 8 operating system, and it’s not going to stop there. Leaks of the next upcoming Window version has been circulating around the Internet, from a job posting from Microsoft, which was then removed shortly. It 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 experience on devices and PCs worldwide.”
So there you have it. The next version of Windows was codenamed “Windows Blue”. Apparently, this version of Windows will have the kernel version of 6.3, which is a major revision of the kernel version from Windows 8’s version 6.2 (and Windows 7’s 6.1). It will also focus on the UI aspects of the Windows OS & the user experience in the form of Start screen, windowing and personalisation. In addition, the Windows Blue will also be made available on the Windows Phone, codenamed Windows Phone Blue.
Essentially, Windows is now working to update its flagship desktop and mobile operating systems on a yearly upgrade cycle in an attempt to be more competitive against it’s key rivals – Apple and Google, which typically does their product upgrade on a yearly cycle. Accordingly to confidential sources, Windows Blue has officially reached the half-way point in its development, known as as milestone build (M1). Milestone build (M2) would be the final version of the operating system. If previous rumors are correct, Windows Blue could potentially be released in the second half of 2013.