A newly discovered job listing on Microsoft's careers website hints strongly that the company is looking to update future versions of Windows on a much more rapid basis, with the post stating, "We are creating a new system that will fundamentally change the way Windows is shipping to put the ecosystem at the center of Windows."
The job post for a Software Engineer begins with a series of questions for the applicant:
"The world of software evolves at a faster and faster pace. Online services are shipping every week, why not client software? What would it take to modify the windows start menu on every Windows user machine in less than a week? To issue a video driver fix and to offer all the people who have run into issues it in less than 2 days? How do you help every developer test his changes at large scale and provide him the exact information he needs to debug obscure issues that never happen on any of his machines? If any of these problems seem interesting to you, Windows mission control might be the right place for you."
The implication is that Microsoft is working to form this Mission Control team in order to quickly get information about issues in future versions of Windows and then quickly solve them and get patches out as soon as they are ready, rather than wait for a monthly "Patch Tuesday" update as the company normally does with Windows and other PC software products.
Microsoft is getting ready to officially reveal its plans for the next version of Windows, code named Threshold and which may or may not be called Windows 9. The company plans to hold a press event in San Francisco on September 30 to talk about their plans, specifically for the enterprise audience. However, the last couple of weeks have seen a number of leaked screenshots and videos from an early build of Threshold hit the Internet, which have shown features such as virtual desktops, the new Start menu for the desktop and more.
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