Report: Microsoft targeting late 2013 for next Windows Phone overhaul

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A new Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) job posting indicates the company plans to introduce the next major release of its Windows Phone mobile operating system in late 2013.

The Software Development Engineer in Test posting, first discovered by WMPoweruser, reads "This is a great time to join as we're completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we're chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences." Micorosft adds that ideal clients will possess "experience developing or testing software for Mobile OSs," "passion for UX and making 'buttery smooth' experiences" and/or "experience with GUI automation and the challenges it presents."

Microsoft released the current Windows Phone 8 in late 2012. Last week, Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan told PCMag.com that Windows Phone 8 smartphone owners will be able to update their devices to future versions of the OS, avoiding the fate that befell previous Windows Phone users. Sullivan did not make any formal announcements about Windows Phone 8's future, however, noting that the current version is only a few months old and still in the middle of its product cycle.

"Over the course of the next several months, I wouldn't be surprised to see some exciting new devices and more interoperability before we start talking about what [operating system] is next," Sullivan said.

The Windows Phone platform has struggled to make inroads with consumers: Research firm comScore reports Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS combined to dominate 89.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in the final weeks of 2012, with Windows Phone far behind at just 2.9 percent, trailing even the fading BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) OS at 6.4 percent.

For more:
- read this WMPoweruser article

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