updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon July 18, 2011
Microsoft hiring for market-disupting WP7 plans
Microsoft has posted a job listing alluding to plans for what it hopes is a revolutionary Windows Phone feature. A Software Development Engineer in Test would join to handel a "top secret project" inside the team. The company was deliberately secretive as to details but planned to "GO BIG! DISRUPT THE MARKET!" with whatever its plans would be.
The project would be a version-one design with its initial planning done in a month. Its interface will be an important aspect given the importance of making "delighting user experiences." Government and security clearance are unusually important in the role and could imply secure messaging.
While recruiting with vital projects in mind isn't unusual, the amount of attention and claims of a market-shattering product set high expectations. Microsoft has made a big point of its remake of the mobile OS with Windows Phone 7 and is likely keen on maintaining that interest, especially in the light of sluggish sales from a public so far mostly unaware of or uninterested in its current philosophy.
Speculation is that Microsoft may want a secure messagging system akin to BlackBerry Messenger or Apple's iMessage. Windows Live Messenger will be a staple feature of Windows Phone 7's Mango update but is inherently less secure than the encrypted conversations in either BBM or iMessage. Microsoft is known to be hoping to recapture its standing in business phones and might consider secure chat a first step. [via WMPowerUser]