Steve Ballmerâ€™s talk of a release of Windows Mobile after 7 seems not just to have been PRN speak, but an expression of whatâ€™s already going on inside the company.
The job ad below talks about planning â€for future versions of Windows Mobile platformâ€ which is subtly but completely different from the â€œnext versionâ€ of Windows Mobile, which is usually seen as talking about Windows Mobile 7.
Product Planning Manager, E&D Mobile Device Strategy & Commercialization
Job Category: Software Engineering: Product Planning
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Product: Windows Mobile
Division: Entertainment & Devices Division
The product planning arm of Windows Mobile is looking for exceptional talent to lay the foundations for the one of the next big technology and business transformations on the planet! Are you looking for opportunity to set strategy, execute, and grow a billion dollar business in one of the biggest growth opportunities for Microsoft? If you are up for the challenge then read on.
You will be joining a very innovative product planning group in a fast moving and competitive industry. The primary responsibilities will include product planning for future versions of Windows Mobile platform. You will develop Areas of Investigation which lead to actionable roadmaps and collaborate with the product engineering teams so that these roadmaps turn into highly profitable products that delight the users. You will be a major driver and contributor to product and business strategy and become the go-to person for important customer, industry and technical insights and trends.
The specific areas of responsibility will include planning for: commercialization of WindowsÂ® phones, global ROI analysis on geographic market entry and winning share, OEM requirements and opportunities to differentiate. Deliverables will include, area roadmaps, market opportunity analysis, market requirements document and more broadly business and technical strategy for the area. This work will be done in partnership with the Windows Mobile engineering group and the OEM teams in the Mobile Devices Strategy and Commercialization group.
Of course we are all waiting for Windows Mobile 7 to show up, but it should be reassuring to us and a caution to the naysayers that believe Windows Mobile will live or die with the next release of Windows Mobile.