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Microsoft already working on Windows Phone 8 and is hiring talents to build it

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Microsoft already working on Windows Phone 8 and is hiring talents to build it
In a time when Windows Phone 7 fans are eagerly expecting the Mango update to start rolling out, Microsoft appears to be looking into the future and is already working on the platform's next major release – Windows Phone 8. That is what becomes apparent after a job offering searching for experienced software engineers has been spotted over at the company's careers web page.

The successful candidates will be a part of Microsoft's Consumer Experience team and will be given the challenging task of taking the “out of the box experience for Windows Phone 8” to the next level. Furthermore, they will be responsible for improving the overall look and feel of the platform's next major version.

Still, the job offering does not give out any clues regarding what Windows Phone 8 would actually feel like, yet something tells us that Microsoft will prefer building on top of the highly acclaimed Metro UI instead of drifting away in a different direction. The exact release date of the mobile platform is anybody's guess at this time, but we will likely see it being unveiled officially at some point in 2012.


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posted on 17 Aug 2011, 07:29 3

1. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Is Windows Phone 8 is an upgrade for WP7?

Windows Phone 6.5 could not be upgrade to WP7.

If WP8 is a new platform and not an upgrade for WP7, Apps developers will be very angry at WP.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 07:51 2

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Yes WP8 is an upgrade to WP7.
Winmo 6.5 was not the same OS as WP7. WP7 is an entirely new Os, and will be compitable with further updates.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:11

11. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


You're right, it would be really pointless for MS to build and bring up such a good OS and just dish it away

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:27

12. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they should have called windows phone 7 something else. It has nothing at all to do with previous windows versions. It was new from the ground up. WP8 is going to build on that probably the same way iOS5 is going to build on iOS4.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:48

13. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


They did name it differently. It was Windows Mobile. It became Windows Phone after they changed everything.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 14:38 1

14. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


No.. I meant from the windows name all together.. not just from "windows mobile 6.xx " to windows phone 7. The word windows drives away sales. Every day I see it

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 16:49

16. snowgator (Posts: 3245; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


That is depressing to hear. Guess not all name recognition is good.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 02:01

25. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i disagree... windows shows a direct microsoft affiliation and many people will be interested because of their WINDOWS computers...

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 07:30 2

2. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Really hope that MS changes the Metro UI and comes up with something better like MeeGo Harmattan UI.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 07:55 8

4. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


the UI update is totally pointless and worthless. Microsoft is not dumb. they won't sacrifice the immense performance for some s**tty eyecandy.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 08:02 5

5. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4214; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to say, Windows Phone 7 has intrigued me for some time. I can't WAIT to check out the Mango update. Then it gets better, now they are concentrating on Windows Phone 8! If it’s something I like, & it has a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S II I might give Windows a chance again. I love playing with my brother's HTC Trophy with its original WP7 OS, I can't imagine what the 500+ new features on the Mango update will be like. WP7 is going to make a splash, especially when the Nokia Sea Ray comes out! I think the future is extremely bright for Windows Phone OS!

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 08:11 2

6. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 820; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Keep moving forward... It will benefit all if MSFT comes and challenges or takes the lead and keeps everything competitive... As long as there are multiple competitors, the users benefit.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 09:21 5

7. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)


am beginning to like wp, in fact seriously thinking of switching over from the very buggy android....

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 09:35 3

9. Steve2 (unregistered)


I agree. There is no uniformity with Android. All the apps feel hodge podge and terrible quality. I would get a WP7 but I really want LTE.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 09:30 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3245; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


After my upgrade in November, I intend to be on W7 until at least 2013, so long as the CDMA carriers get some good devices. Hopefully, the rumors of the vast majority of released Mango devices being legacy supported to W8 will be true. If not, I am happy with the early reviews and previews of Mango to be OK with that.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:06 1

10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


What makes you choose WP7 ?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 16:46 2

15. snowgator (Posts: 3245; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Unlike your experience, I have never found any W7 device not to be smooth and seamless in it's UI or it's carrying out tasks. The fact that right on my home page I have 20 options to list to access at my preference is a HUGE selling point to me. That these are live tiles that provide full updates to me is a wonderful bonus. Throw in the guarantee of the updates coming in the future and the fact that Microsoft has backed that up with every current device getting the Nodo update along with the impending Mango updates, you can believe them. Again a selling point to me, as over a two year commitment I expect to be treated well. The App catalog is improving, and that is all you can ask out of a barely two year old complete reboot of an OS. It is secure, Microsoft is working hard to keep viruses and malware from it's system before it grows to a point it is a huge target for these parasites. I use my device for a lot of business purposes and financial needs, and Microsoft has made those priorities. There is more, but that is the idea.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 19:01 1

17. lubbalots (unregistered)


Snowgator, I totaly agree! Add to that the simplicity that wp7 adds to the UI. It is a no brainer UI unlike android, clunky, messy, and complicated. Though i would not have problems using it, but i do not want to push 3 or 4 screens to find what i want. Add to the free 25gig cloud storage is a seller for me. Take any picture or video and it is saved there. All documents, appointments, and contacts, all saved in the cloud. My one notes and even excel. Then there's social intigration. It is so simple and intuative. Everything is there in front of you. Theres also xbox live integration as well, and i love xbox360. All in all, it is the only UI that does not copy Apple's or tries to copy. And it works!

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 03:45

20. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


you work for MS ?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 20:31

19. MarcusBR (unregistered)


Can't wait. Let's see if XDA anticipate WP8 lauch. Android is fun but very buggy, specially on the MS Exchange. I'm going to keep my finger crossed that Wp8 comes with great devices. Today Android has the benefits of having better phones.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 04:28

21. lubbalots (unregistered)


I don't work for MS peterlfromsweden. I've used wp7. I own the HD7. Wife has android and friends have iphone. I've played with all three OSs and wp7 is the winner for me. Simple and intuative, unlike iphone and android. Like i said before it is an OS that DOES NOT COPY the iphone.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 13:42

23. rformanaz (unregistered)


Love my WP7. The whole experience with Windows 7, XBOX, Zune, and WP7 is fantastic. My only issue is the adoption of the rest of the world. I just bought a new car that has a great iPhone adaptor but to use my WP7 I have to go wired or bluetooth but it doesn't display on my car screen like it does with apple. I also think Zune and Xbox live need to get in synch. My Zune account will only allow 3 people on my account and I have 4 people in my family. I don't even mind paying to have a 4th just to keep everything in one account but MSFT has set the limit to 3... Yet my Xbox allows for 4. The future looks great for all this to work seamless but they better get moving or I will have to return to apple which I do not want to do.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 13:45

24. rformanaz (unregistered)


sorry got a little long winded. I guess my point is the next version of all this needs to take integration a step further.

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