We have reported in the past about Microsoft's plans to offer yearly commercial updates to Windows 8 starting later this year with Windows Blue. While Microsoft has yet to comment officially on those plans, the company has posted job listings that show that not only is Microsoft working on Windows Blue for PCs, but Windows Phone Blue for the various smartphones that use that OS as well.
So does that mean we can expect both Windows Blue and Windows Phone Blue to be launched around the same time this year? Maybe not. ZDNet.com columnist Mary Jo Foley, as part of the Twit.TV Windows Weekly video podcast, has heard via unnamed sources that the Windows Phone Blue team is a bit behind the Windows Blue PC team in terms of development. As a result, Foley states that Microsoft is not currently sure if Windows Phone Blue will launch in 2013 or get delayed until sometime in 2014.
Microsoft is apparently planning to make it possible for future apps for Windows 8 to work inside Windows Phone devices as well, with no need to port them. The company recently posted a job listing looking for someone to work on such a project. If the Windows Phone Blue team is behind that of the regular Windows Blue project, we might not see that kind of cross application support for a little while longer.
Thanks to Foxie for the tip!