Is Microsoft planning to bring Windows 8 web apps to Windows Phone?

imageWe expected Microsoft to build Windows 8 on Silverlight and take deep advantage of the development work already done in Windows Phone 7.  It turns out that Microsoft opted to go the HTML5 route instead, and now it appears Microsoft is planning to bring the HTML5 app platform to Windows Phone also in its “next big release”.

In the job posting for a Senior Program Manager, Microsoft looking for a program manager to help build the next generation web platform for the upcoming version Windows Phone.

This will be based on IE, probably IE10, and will “enable the next generation of web applications on mobile devices.”

Of course with HTML5 increasingly becoming a very important cross-platform development platform it just makes sense for Windows Phone to support this, and also to allow synergies between the desktop and mobile OS and app store.

Read the full posting below.

Program Manager, Senior – Windows Phone (771139) Job

Date: Oct 3, 2011

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 771139-65224
Division: Windows Phone Division
Do you want to be at the center of two big strategic bets for Microsoft? Windows Phone has put Microsoft back in the smartphone fight with two critically-acclaimed releases in Windows Phone 7 and Mango, and we’re gearing up for the next big leap. Meanwhile, our friends over in Internet Explorer brought GPU-accelerated browsing to the world in IE9, and are moving into a leadership position with IE10 and beyond. So if being at the heart of the mobile web platform at Microsoft sounds exciting to you, this may be the job for you!
The Windows Phone Browser team is looking for a talented and passionate program manager to help build the next generation web platform for the upcoming version Windows Phone. You will adapt and innovate on Internet Explorer technologies to optimize the web performance on smartphone hardware and limited bandwidth, all with an eye towards providing the best user experience. You will enable the next generation of web applications on mobile devices. You will grow every day working with leading edge web technologies. You will engage with end-users, web developers and partners. You will have lots of fun doing it.
Qualifications include:
– 5+ years end-to-end (planning to shipping) product development experience
– The ability to provide strong technical and process leadership
– Strong design and implementation skills in web development (HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, SVG, Javascript)
– Experience delivering software + services
– A demonstrated quality mindset
– A BA/BS or a MS degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline
– Plusses: Windows Win32, C/C++, and COM; W3C or other Standards Body Working Group experience; involvement with web developer community
You are smart. You are skilled. You are passionate. You are ready for a big challenge. You are primed to contribute to a strategic initiative for Microsoft. You belong on a high-functioning team that focuses on having fun. You are ready to build the next generation mobile browser.

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