The next iteration of the Windows Phone OS will, according to a recent job listing from Microsoft, be available by the end of this year.
The job description has been posted on Microsoft's careers site and states: "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."
Before the new release arrives, the likelihood is that a Windows Phone 8.5 upgrade (designated 'Windows Blue') will be with us in the coming months. According to reports Windows Blue will push for further integration between handsets and desktop PCs or laptops running Windows 8.
Microsoft wasn't present at this year's Mobile World Congress with any official announcement, but senior marketing manager Greg Sullivan did speak to the press to confirm the company was pressing ahead with its commitment to Windows Phone 8.
"We're going to have an upgrade path going forward. Windows Phone 8 can evolve. We have an architecture that enables portability and is fundamentally hardware independent," he said.
"As the market evolves and customer requirements demand it, we'll evaluate options."
Meanwhile, if you happen to be an out-of-work software development engineer in the vicinity of Redmond, Washington, it might be worth your while to give Microsoft a call.