Microsoft is looking for a software engineer to work on a secret project for Windows Phone. Details are scant, but a few items can be gleaned from the job listing where Microsoft says, “GO BIG! DISRUPT THE MARKET!”
The job listing stresses building a good user experience and getting this version one product out within the next month. Could this be a feature that we’ll see in the Mango update? And if the first version of this secret project is to be completed a month from now, can we expect to see the software update shortly after that?
The job listing states:
We are looking for an experienced SDET to play the role of product line customer advocate. In this role you would be on point to work with product planning, design, UX research and the feature team to glue pieces of feature together and build delighting user experiences.
For Microsoft, an SDET is a Software Design Engineer in Test. The role of this person is to develop software to test new products. Moreover, the job listing includes the segments “Government, Research, Security Clearance,” which leads us to believe that this could be a secure new messaging platform for Windows Phone users, perhaps something similar to BBM for BlackBerry or iMessage for iOS devices.
Windows Phone users, and those looking to switch to the platform soon, have a lot to look forward to with the Mango update. Many die-hard WP7 enthusiasts feel that the update will bring the platform up to the level of iOS and Android – a platform that is better integrated with its applications and one that is more user-friendly. And with job listings like these, showing that Microsoft is serious about building a strong team around products and user experience, it looks like Windows Phone is definitely a solid contender amongst today’s smartphone platforms.