Windows 8

NOTE: Although I’ve been putting this post together for the past couple of weeks, I noticed (today, via thevista.ru) that ArsTechnica posted a few of these already, so credit where credit’s due; I don’t want anyone to feel that I’ve ripped their content/idea.

 

True to form, I’ve been whittling my time away scanning through resumes and job listings to find any interesting bits of information I can on Windows 8. Interestingly enough, the Windows 8 jobs on Microsoft’s career site are fruitful! If you want to be a part of the next version of Windows, you may just want to have a look at some of these job listings to see if you qualify. But if you’re like me, all you’re really interested in is any and every little piece of information that can be extracted from things like this. I’ll just post the whole job description and you can then visit the links below them should you be interested in viewing the qualifications. A few of these aren’t listed on the Microsoft Careers site any longer, so I’ve linked to their Google cache pages. Let’s dig in!

 

Windows 8 Ecosystem Fundamentals

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 706807 9435
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

Are you ready to get closer to Microsoft’s best customers and biggest partners while staying in a highly technical role? The new Ecosystem Fundamentals team in Windows is hiring a Senior PM to work closely with OEMs driving continued increases in performance and reliability while providing tools, testing, training and telemetry. The successful candidate for this critical role will ride the Windows 7 wave of success to enabling continued improvements into the ecosystem. This work includes Windows 8 planning, OEM tool and kit ownership, performance testing and analysis focused on improving the hardware/software ecosystem while working closely with OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, and IHVs in order to strengthen Windows partnerships. Now is the time to move into a great role centered in the Windows group and focused on customer satisfaction improvements based on solid engineering.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Business Division

 

Job Category: Operations
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 707521 9522
Division: Microsoft Business Division
Job Title: Sr. Manager, Partner Skills Development – Launch Lead
Group: Worldwide Partner Group (WPG)
Division: Small Medium Solutions and Partners (SMS&P)
Location(s): Redmond, WA

Do you want to work in a group that you know is strategic to Microsoft’s growth plans? Do you want to have impact on a global scale? Come join the Worldwide Partner Group. Partners generate more than 90% of Microsoft’s $40 billion in annual revenue, and at more than 650,000 partners strong, Microsoft has the largest, and best, channel in the industry. Be a part of the team that is driving significant business impact by evolving the Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP) to maximize the leverage of this strategic asset.

Job Purpose/Overview: Do you want to help ready the entire partner ecosystem on all the new Microsoft products and solutions? The Partner Skills Development Team is looking for a senior thought leader and skilled project/product manager to ensure the health of the partner ecosystem through the strategic evolution skills development framework (and its execution) for upcoming Microsoft product launches. For example, in Fy10, the focus will be on Windows Server R2, SQL Server R2, and Wave 14 (Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Exchange 2010) and, as we head into Fy11, the focus will quickly switch to Windows 8. In this role you will lead the execution of partner skills development BOMs – by partner type for the entire partner ecosystem – on a WW basis. This role with interact with and influence individuals from across Microsoft, including individuals within the Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Learning, SMSGR, the product groups (BGs), Operations, and partner segment teams with SMSG.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 ReSP and DCM Teams

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 708266 9676
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of detecting the latest security threats in the wild? Are you passionate about improving customers’ perception of Windows reliability and performance? Do you want to help our ISVs better understand how they can make their software more secure and reliable? If so, the Detection, Control, and Measurement (DCM) team is for you! The DCM team is dedicated to improving the reliability, security, performance and privacy of Windows by helping to “Detect” inbox issues, “Control” failures, and “Measure” issues and relaying that information back to Microsoft so action can be taken. Some of the core technologies in this team include Windows Error Reporting clients (WER aka Watson/Kernel Crash), Reliability Analysis Component (RAC), Perftrack, and SQM.

The Windows Fundamentals Reliability, Security and Privacy (ReSP) team will improve the quality of Windows 8 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

The following job is no longer on the Microsoft Careers site as you will read it below, but then below it, I’ve linked to a revised version of the job where they removed the reference to Windows 8. What it has to offer via its description fits the bill for the other references I’ve noted regarding Windows 8 containing a new UI/UX framework. Check it out:

 

Windows 8 Server UX Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 705541 9266
Product: (Not Product Specific)
Division: Server & Tools Business

Windows Server is the top-selling server operating system and is growing share in a growing market. Central to the success of Windows Server is the experience of IT Professionals managing Windows Server. For our next release, we are taking that experience to the next level by helping to make IT Professionals more effective and more productive by shipping a product they will love to use.

We work closely with UX and a passionate PM & Test team to deliver world-beating user experiences for managing Windows Servers. For Windows 8 Server, we are planning, architecting and building a new UX framework around themes that are key to the success of the entire Server product line.

We are looking for a Software Development Engineer experienced in UI Design to help lead, architect, write code, and deliver the next generation of Server Management experiences. In this role, you will report directly to the Development Manager, oversee and help architect the new design, and work closely with many other teams delivering in Windows Server. You will take on the challenge of bridging the existing with the new and have an understanding and appreciation of both user interaction design and systems software. You will also have a record of technical leadership, good planning, and shipping world-class software.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Same job, revised description:

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 705541 9266
Product: (Not Product Specific)
Division: Server & Tools Business
Windows Server is the top-selling server operating system and is growing share in a growing market. Central to the success of Windows Server is the experience of IT Professionals managing Windows Server. For our next release, we are taking that experience to the next level by helping to make IT Professionals more effective and more productive by shipping a product they will love to use.

We work closely with UX and a passionate PM & Test team to deliver world-beating user experiences for managing Windows Servers. We are looking for a Software Development Engineer experienced in UI Design to help lead, architect, write code, and deliver the next generation of Windows Server Management experiences. In this role, you will oversee and help architect the design, and work closely with many other teams delivering in Windows Server. You will take on the challenge of bridging the existing with the new and have an understanding and appreciation of both user interaction design and systems software. You will also have a record of technical leadership, good planning, and shipping world-class software.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 AEBit Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 705576 8240
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

The Application Experience Bug Investigation Team, AEBit, is looking for passionate SDETs that want to make an impact on Windows 8. On the AEBit team you will get the unique opportunity to challenge and grow your debugging skills on issues that span the entire OS. You will have the opportunity to engage with software vendors, OEMs, as well as internal component teams. You will also be applying and enhancing your knowledge of system internals. As part of the AEBit team you will be responsible for driving and ensuring compatibility in Windows by engaging with component teams, root causing application bugs, and authoring mitigations. If you are a strong SDET looking for a challenge we would like to hear from you.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 IIS Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 704634 7887
Division: Server & Tools Business

The Internet Information Services (IIS) team is redefining how the web technology stack is delivered to the customers. We are simplifying how developers, IT pros, and hosters consume our technology by managing the end-to-end experience from development to deployment. We build both technologies and solutions – whatever it takes to do the right thing for customers and Win The Web. Customer empathy is a deep core value at IIS. We are also an extremely agile team that frequently ships projects out-of-band to adapt to ever changing Internet environment.

IIS team is looking for an experienced PM to join our core platform team. Your role will span across driving key features into Windows 8 as well as owning several out-of-band modules, including web analytics that will bring business intelligence for the customers that host applications and contents on IIS. Your work will help differentiate IIS and Smooth Streaming from Apache and Flash. You should also be ready to work in a fast-paced environment and have a strong desire for quality, security, and performance. Your feature will be used by millions of customers.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 Update Client Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 701629 7857
Division: Server & Tools Business

This is a great time to join us. Our team owns the Windows Update Client and our code delivers software and updates to over 600 million computers. We just finished up work on Windows 7, and are pushing forth on Windows 8 planning and preparation. There are opportunities to work on a number of hard problems, including third-party application updating, updating virtual machines while they’re turned off (turns out this is pretty hard!), and delivering full applications, among others. To help us charge full steam on these fronts, we are looking for skilled and passionate software engineers.

As part of this team, you will help shape Windows 8. Components of our code include a core agent that runs as an NT service, an API layer and a UI application. We talk to the update servers using web services and we have special protocols in place to deal with the massive scale of the system.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows Live Mail Team, Windows 8 Planning

 

Categoría de puesto: Ingeniería de software: Administración de programas
Ubicación: Estados Unidos, WA, Redmond
Identificador de puesto: 704658 7918
Producto: Windows Live
División: Windows Division

The Windows Live Mail team is looking for a seasoned Lead Program Manager to drive our next generation Mail client, and manage five stellar PMs. Our client has over 40M users world-wide, and serves as a key component of our Windows Live “light up Windows” strategy. Our current release is centered on hot new consumer features & better synergies with Hotmail & Windows 7, and our future releases will likely be tightly designed to work best with new Windows 8 platform technologies. We will also work closely with the Outlook team on ways to bring Windows Live to Outlook. Mail is part of the WL Desktop Communications team, which also includes Messenger. Our team values user-centered design, technical and engineering excellence, and attention to detail.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 International Test OOB Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 706152 8921
Division: Windows Division

The Windows International Test OOB (Out of Band) team is handling a variety of International test projects including Windows Small Business Server (SBS), Home Server, stand-alone out of band releases for Windows 7/Windows 8, and down-level support packages requested by different business divisions by utilizing a state-of-the art vendor outsourcing model.

As a team member in this position, you will write test plans for World-Readiness- (Globalization & Localizability) as well as Localization Testing, and develop and manage test tools and guidelines. You will also perform globalization code reviews as part of the OOB process using tools and globalization guidelines. In addition, you will have to engage with Program Managers, Developers, International Project Managers and partner SDETs to collaborate on specification reviews, scheduling as well as budgeting and planning.

Test execution will be done by vendor test resources in Beijing, China, so management of remote vendor resource will also be required.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 TAG Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 705477 8195
Division: Windows Division

The TAG team provides the foundation services and infrastructure to support a unified test and dev workflow. This team’s charter includes – developing and running a unified test submission and execution system for Windows 8, Automating Test pass scheduling & execution, results analysis & automated triage, Windows code coverage services, Developing and running the eBVT quality gate, supporting WinSE’s Windows 7 sustained engineering test needs.

This is an exciting time to join the Test Automation and Gates team and lead the next wave of foundation services and infrastructure to ensure delivery of a high quality product. With openings across the team, there’s sure to be the perfect opportunity suited to your specific passion and enthusiasm.

You’ll lead a team of highly talented SDETs and partner closely with members of both the development and program management teams to design and test new features, develop tools & automation, and enhance the overall test infrastructure. Your team will be responsible for writing test plans & test cases, performing ad hoc, manual, and automated testing, filing bug reports, and interacting with internal partners.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 Serviceability UX Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 706479 8820
Division: Windows Division

Have you seen just how many people wrote, talked, chatted, or blogged about the User Interface of Windows 7 when it was released? Did you realize how exciting this new UX was for millions of Microsoft’s customers? Did you notice that most articles about Windows 7 covered mainly the User Interface features and performance, because they provide tremendous value, and are right in front of your eyes as soon as you boot your machine the very first time? Do you have ideas how to make this experience even more powerful, slick and cool? Now this is your opportunity to be part of the action! Join the Windows Serviceability UX test team to ensure that the growing customer base of Windows 7 will enjoy the highest possible quality and performance for all the Shell features and continues to have a robust UX.

The WinSE UX test team needs an strong SDET to develop new test automation, write robust test plans, designing test cases, debug reported issues across Windows Shell and related UX, help establish sound test engineering processes, and influence and contribute to the serviceability of Windows 8. As an SDET on this team, you’ll design, implement, and execute various types of test automation, including functional, integration and release tests. You will also have several opportunities to write test tools, and work on security bugs, and will be interacting with PM and Dev counterparts in a dev/test/pm trio, and various partner teams. In this team, you will have an opportunity to ship important updates for Windows to solve critical reliability, performance and security issues via the Windows Update mechanism. This position requires strong communication and collaboration skills, and a drive for results. Overall, this position is best suited for a strong SDET looking for an opportunity to showcase your skills and innovate.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

Windows 8 Engineering System Test Execution Services (TEX) Team

 

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 706151 8640
Division: Windows Division

The Windows Engineering System Test Execution Services (TEX) team is looking for a passionate Software Operations Engineer who will help drive our charter of providing test execution services to the Windows organization. Our team is currently organized in a tiered structure. We need a dedicated professional who will manage the tier 1 vendor pool consisting of about 12 vendors evenly split between Redmond and China. The challenges are big (drive test execution to ship Windows 8) and so are the responsibilities.

 

Source: Windows 8 Jobs on Microsoft Careers Site

 

As you can see, there is no shortage of jobs regarding Windows 8 planning. If the past, in conjunction with this new post, are of any indication, the job posts are only just beginning. From everything I’ve read thus far, it sounds like Windows 8 is going to be a fairly large undertaking. I’m excited by the thought of what they may produce in this next major revision of Windows! With that said, that pretty much does it for this post. I have much more to post in the near future, so stay tuned!

 

-Stephen
http://www.msftkitchen.com

7 Comments

  1. I wonder if Windows 8 will require increased hardware specifications compared to Windows 7/Vista. I know Win7 kept the specs required on par with what Vista required, but if it is a Major release, I wonder what, if any, of the required specs will increase.

  2. I don’t think it will. Then again, by the time Windows 8 is released, current technology should be cheap enough for the upgrade if one is needed. DX11 would be what I would expect but I’m not so sure their next framework will require it. I could be wrong though.

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