The next version of Windows Phone (WP8) codenamed "Apollo" is currently rumoured for the middle of 2012 release has just received an official stamp. A August 16, Microsoft job posting revealed that the Redmond company is 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 is for a Software Development Engineer in Test, Senior - Windows Phone in the Consumer Experience (ConX) team.
Per job posting:
"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," reads the job description.
"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 onboarded. 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! If this sounds like the next step for you in your career here at Microsoft, we would love to hear from you. We can talk about the opportunities and challenges we are facing right now to see if your passions are a fit."
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.