Microsoft has created a new team inside Windows to build ‘secret' apps

Microsoft has a lot of secrets it tries to keep out of the public domain until they are ready to be unveiled at a public showcase. While some of the secrets do make their way out from behind the Redmond walls, it looks like Microsoft has built a new team inside Windows vNext to develop ‘risky’ based apps.

The information was spotted by Stephen Chapman who found the information above on a Linked.In profile page. Further, if you read the quote below from another online resume, it dives a bit deeper into what the team is doing.

After a re-organisation, some people of my team and I moved in a brand new team inside Windows vNext. The team is called Inbox Experience/Platform Showcase Apps. The goal of my team is toship the most fun/secret/risky/showcasable apps inside Windows and its ecosystem. My job is to be a C++ developer (WinRT, XAML, DirectX, Drivers, COM, WRL, Win32 and co). I work at a feature level/scope (features owner).

The idea of the team is to build showcase apps that truly deliver on the power of the Windows ecosystem. The best parallel that you can draw now is how Microsoft showcases the ‘Fresh Paint’ application to show off how innovates Windows 8 truly is.

From the language used to describe the new role, it looks like this new team will be building more of these types of applications to help build the case that Windows 8 truly is the future. If this team is capable of building a few killer apps for the platform, it could do wonders for the brand perception of Windows 8.

Source: MSFTKitchen

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That's a good one but I don't want to encourage it. MS has acknowledge the apps suck and let us know updates are coming. Gotta give 'em a chance to fix it. That acknowledgement is a big deal in the current climate. No ones fault but their own for shipping before they were ready but ... everyone deserves a second chance. Now if they drop the ball again ... that should be fun to watch.

SCOOBY_666UK said,
Any chance of a modern media centre app for Live TV. Or, is that more likely to make an appearance only with the next Xbox?
Sadly, I think MS is playing the long game where Cable Cards aren't needed to access content. I hope that isn't the case as I love my WMC setup with all my tuners.

I think a smart glass application would be neat though I don't know what features they'd put on it that would make me use a tablet/phone over my remote control.

Please, don't go creating new "secret" apps now... Invest your time in updating and seriously giving features to the built-in Modern apps!!!

And where is Office for Modern UI?

Should have been Office 2013... Microsoft should have pushed Modern UI with there own software.

How soon is soon? My guess is that the iPad will get Office before Modern UI.

Dot Matrix said,

Coming soon.


Wish or fact? That is the question....
The fair Modern Office? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered....

Fritzly said,

Wish or fact? That is the question....
The fair Modern Office? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered....
If I had to guess they will build Modern UI apps for office on par (feature wise) with their web apps to start, much like OneNote's modern equiv. I just can't imagine rebuilding those UI's inside Modern w/o spending an epic number of archetecure, design, coding, testing time. It pains me to even think how much code and time has gone into Outlook's gui for example.

MrHumpty said,
If I had to guess they will build Modern UI apps for office on par (feature wise) with their web apps to start, much like OneNote's modern equiv. I just can't imagine rebuilding those UI's inside Modern w/o spending an epic number of archetecure, design, coding, testing time. It pains me to even think how much code and time has gone into Outlook's gui for example.

Exactly my thoughts. A Modern Office with the same functionalities of the "standard" is indeed a paramount task. I would love to have Outlook with a radial menu though

I'm rally thinking MS is trying to do more than they have the programming talent for. Every announcement or upgrade leak seems to be accompanied by a job posting. And MS is always petitioning for more work visas to be allowed for software engineers. I wonder what the internal culture is these days at MS, Google as well.

TruckWEB said,
Please, don't go creating new "secret" apps now... Invest your time in updating and seriously giving features to the built-in Modern apps!!!

And where is Office for Modern UI?

The best apps usually come from first party developers. I'd like to see some cool, new apps from MS for Windows 8/RT.

I don't think its necessary a secret, I am sure many companies have many teams working on things they don't run around tweeting about or putting up on the company news feed.

I had little doubt they would have a team working on this sort of thing and is definitely needed if nothing more than to highlight the best/excellent design and the potential of their new UI approach.

Better late than never. Looks like Microsoft is getting back to some of it's old successful ways from the Gates era. Good news, though, I'm not sure the secrecy is needed.

Old successful ways? How do you come to that conclusion? From my point of view, Microsoft peaked years ago and has been a company in decline ever since.

Edited by COKid, Mar 25 2013, 4:17pm :

COKid said,
Old successful ways? How do you come to that conclusion? From my point of view, Microsoft peaked years ago and has been a company in decline ever since.

From my point of view, Microsoft has been making billions for years while you are badmouthing them on forums. I guess I'd rather be Microsoft than you.

COKid said,
Old successful ways? How do you come to that conclusion? From my point of view, Microsoft peaked years ago and has been a company in decline ever since.

I guess declining means record revenues and profits every quarter.

COKid said,
Old successful ways? How do you come to that conclusion? From my point of view, Microsoft peaked years ago and has been a company in decline ever since.
You do know when Bill Gates left right?