7 is yet to be announced (even if it is confirmed already), Microsoft is
publically hiring employees for its "Entertainment & Devices Division" and the
latest job offer from today spill some further beans of Windows Mobile 7
features. As Microsoft describes it, "Social Networks" and "Mobile Phones" are
two rapidly evolving socio-cultural phenomena that deeply impact the way in
which people interact with each other. Therefore the Windows Mobile 7
Communications group is building experiences on the phone that present your
content (friends, pictures, messages, events) to you in immersive and engaging
ways. Microsoft's (Windows Mobile 7) vision is to bring social networks to life
by integrating them into the core experience of the phone.
For example imagine seeing all the newsfeeds from all the networks you care
about in a single hub on the phone. Or imagine the phone instantly telling you
what your friend is doing and where he is when you get a call from him.
To realize this vision and build these experiences it's important to have a
solid, well-thought out foundation. This is where the "Models" team comes in.
This team owns the storage platform and the developer story for all the social
content on the phone - friends, photos, newsfeeds, messages, events, etc.
Microsoft's aim is to build a "Mobile Social Platform" that provides rich APIs
to both internal and external applications and to not only enable but also
inspire them to build compelling social experiences.
We are looking for a driven, self-starting and a highly technical program
manager who can design this platform. We expect the PM to be able to quickly
ramp up to the existing technology - the storage platform (Unified Store)
and the APIs (POOM, SODA). Since there are several WM7 teams developing
social experiences, the PM will work with these partner teams, understand
their requirements and translate them into features for the Models team. The
PM should be able to evaluate and consider technical details such as how
best to store the data, how to expose it apps, and what the performance
trade-off of the various options are as he/she is designing the feature.
We've just begun drawing the first lines of the "Mobile Social Platform"; we
are looking for a PM who can envision the future requirements and paint the
grand picture. Do you have the passion for this job? Do you see yourself
getting knee-deep into schemas, APIs and frameworks while still being able
to keep an eye on the vision? Then WE need YOU.
And Microsoft continues:
The vision of WM7 and especially the Communications team is ambitious. We
are not building yet another cool phone; but one that is truly personal and
relevant. Yes - the competition is stiff; but it's exceeded only by our
desire to win.
Ok, so far so good and the social media integration is really worth and makes
sense these days. However, if Microsoft is just starting to hire the Senior
Program Manager now and - as Microsoft said - the company has just begun drawing
the first lines of the "Social Media Platform", it doesn't sounds to me that
Microsoft will be ready with a Windows Mobile 7 release in early 2010 but indeed
it really sounds like Microsoft can't be ready before 2nd half 2010.
Cheers ~ Arne