Microsoft preparing for Windows Phone 8 via hiring

Through a recent job posting (via WMPU), Microsoft is starting to hint that they’re about to begin work on Windows Phone 8 – despite “Mango” not being fully deployed to the public or retail, and word that WP7 “Tango” is still yet to come. The job description is asking for someone to join their Consumer Experience (ConX) team.

Want to be part of making Windows Phone 8 a reality? Want to work on a strategic and exciting product targeted at the next version of Windows? Then the Consumer eXperience (ConX) team is the place for you! The Windows Phone team is taking on a huge challenge stirring up the out of box experience for Windows Phone 8 and is committed to building/improving a compelling and dynamic high quality look and feel to our end user experience.

This promises to be a volatile world churning within the OS, Phone 8 as well as our AUT (Application Under Test) that we’ll ship in the Windows Marketplace! Our test team needs a few more key folks to compliment the talent already onboard. We are looking for experienced and intelligent engineers to join our team! Join us in our mission to bring the most compelling Windows Phone experience to customers to date!

The next version of Windows Phone (WP8) is currently codenamed “Apollo” and is rumoured for release sometime in the middle of 2012. It’s interesting to see here that Microsoft wants to take on a “huge challenge” by “stirring up” the out-of-box experience, of course with the end user in mind, but there's no real word or even hint whatsoever as to what this exactly means. 

It'll all be released and revealed in time to come, but before Apollo hits the market perhaps we should await the full deployment of Mango and then Tango to follow.

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Does anyone believe that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be the same thing. I read a rumour on WMPU. And Andy Lee and Intel CEO said something about having one ecosystem, and plus, Microsoft is not being administered by the authorities anymore. Because since mobile hardware has become very capable, and Intel said in an earning that Windows 8 will be ported to mobiles for this reason. And Sinofsky said that Windows 8 is very adaptive to the hardware it is installed on, at AllThingsD.

So it may become Xbox+PC+Laptops+Slates+Phone= One OS.

I think it's plausible. Anyone agree?

FMH said,
So it may become Xbox+PC+Laptops+Slates+Phone= One OS.

I think it's plausible. Anyone agree?
Considering their approach toward Windows 8, with the tablet, desktop and laptop experience all sharing the same kernel, it would make sense to extend that kernel to Windows Phone and even Xbox, if possible. Combined with the fact that Windows 8 will run on ARM, it certainly lends credence to those rumors that I have also read.

Of course, those rumors could simply stem from the fact that Windows 8 will run on ARM. It still makes sense. Write once modularly, and use it everywhere. Just change the presentation layer and boom, you have your new system.

FMH said,
Does anyone believe that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be the same thing. I read a rumour on WMPU. And Andy Lee and Intel CEO said something about having one ecosystem, and plus, Microsoft is not being administered by the authorities anymore. Because since mobile hardware has become very capable, and Intel said in an earning that Windows 8 will be ported to mobiles for this reason. And Sinofsky said that Windows 8 is very adaptive to the hardware it is installed on, at AllThingsD.

So it may become Xbox+PC+Laptops+Slates+Phone= One OS.

I think it's plausible. Anyone agree?

we would call it skyos/skynet and would achieve self-awareness

then we are doomed

pickypg said,
Considering their approach toward Windows 8, with the tablet, desktop and laptop experience all sharing the same kernel,

Just stopping you right there...the tablet, desktop, and laptop 'experience' have always shared the same kernel...

So why would them doing business as usual make you assume they are going to expand out into other areas?

I'm not saying they will or won't do this, but you make it sound like having the same kernel makes this more plausible when of course the same kernel would be used...since you're installing the same version of Windows in all 3 scenarios...

Mountain Dew said,

Just stopping you right there...the tablet, desktop, and laptop 'experience' have always shared the same kernel...

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Yes they do, and still have. But now their is talk about having only one OS. Which when installed on different hardware, evolves accordingly.

Why are they 'stirring up' the OOTBE....how about you just improve on what you've done which is to provide a consistent, easy, friendly out of the box experience for end consumers.

Osiris said,
Why are they 'stirring up' the OOTBE....how about you just improve on what you've done which is to provide a consistent, easy, friendly out of the box experience for end consumers.

I'm really confused about what this would mean too...

Regarding this. Suppose that I have the HTC Mozart now. Do Microsoft allow to update it to WP8 when it releases it in mid 2012?

Its unknown at this time what the upgrade path will be like. You will get Mango for sure but if Windows Phone 8 has new requirements, you may be out of luck.

deep1234 said,
Regarding this. Suppose that I have the HTC Mozart now. Do Microsoft allow to update it to WP8 when it releases it in mid 2012?

I hope so... I'm still waiting on a good wp7... and then I'll get locked into a 2 year contract.

deep1234 said,
Regarding this. Suppose that I have the HTC Mozart now. Do Microsoft allow to update it to WP8 when it releases it in mid 2012?
yer should do

deep1234 said,
Regarding this. Suppose that I have the HTC Mozart now. Do Microsoft allow to update it to WP8 when it releases it in mid 2012?
I may be wrong, but Windows 8 has same hardware requirements as 7, which is 1GHz processor. So if Windows 8 can run, Windows Phone 8 can run too.

deep1234 said,
Regarding this. Suppose that I have the HTC Mozart now. Do Microsoft allow to update it to WP8 when it releases it in mid 2012?

I hope updates will be supported to WP8... I guess we'll have to see though.

M_Lyons10 said,

I hope updates will be supported to WP8... I guess we'll have to see though.


Doubt it, the HD2 was more than capable of running WP7 but they didn't offer it because of the button layout or something.

Pumi said,
Love WP7, and really looking forward to WP8, it will be great

Yes, it really would be terrific.