A job posting made on August 16 reveals that Microsoft is still adding members to the team that will be responsible for the next version of Windows Phone, known as “8” or “Apollo”. Our best guess of a release cycle would put Windows Phone 8 at a Q4 2012 release (since 7 was released in Q4 2010, and 7.5 Mango comes out a year later in Q4 2011). Though it’s possible that with a team that is not yet completely assembled, Microsoft might have a difficult time adhering to a release cycle that would put Windows Phone 8 into the market in just 14 months. That supposition aside, here’s the mention of Windows Phone 8 in the 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.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!
Besides the bit about “stirring up the out of box experience”, there aren’t many other hints about the future of Windows Phone.