If Microsoft wasn’t working on both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9, that would be a surprise. That it is, is not. However, it’s good to keep tabs on the company’s efforts to build its next platforms, so to see mentions of both Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 around the Internet lets us know that it is a certain distance down the path, and that its current naming scheme is here to stay.

The indie blog MSFTKitchen today posted a link to a Microsoft job post – for a role entitled “Software Development Engineer-BING” - that directly mentions Windows 9 and Internet Explorer 11:

The team will be constantly delivering great products in areas including Windows 9, IE11 services integration, touch friendly devices including iPad and more.

According to NeoWin, a LinkedIn profile that can be found here contains a mention of Windows Phone 9. Given the progression of Microsoft from Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, to see the company slip right forward to Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9 is simply logical.

Don’t confuse Windows Blue – the coming update to Windows 8 that will land this year – with Windows 9. They are distinct.

Microsoft leaks this sort of information so regularly through its job postings that TNW is all but positive that it is a planned strategy to inform the market of its product decisions. Consider yourself up to date.

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