Microsoft bringing Zune software to Apple OSX?

zune software for osxAs usual scouring Microsoft’s job boards is quite productive.  On this occasion we have some evidence that Microsoft is looking to bringing their Windows Phone 7 desktop client, the Zune software and service, to Apple’s computers and operating system.

The job posting , for a senior software  design engineer in Windows Phone, talks about producing tamper-resistant software on “Windows, Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Mac OS X” and asks for an engineer with DRM and Cryptography experience.

OSX support for Microsoft phones are not unprecedented – Microsoft made a similar gesture with the KIN phones by bundling 3rd party software, but this appears to be a native and more ambitious effort.

While OSX is around 3% of the computer market worldwide it presents around 1 in 10 computers and USA and a vocal minority, with lack of synchronization with Apple computers being a common complaint in online reviews.

See the full job posting after the break.

Software Design Engineer, Senior-Windows Phone (731601) Job

Date: Sep 22, 2010

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 731601 24950
Division: Entertainment & Devices Division

Are you interested in building the cutting-edge software protection that is resistant to software piracy? Are you excited to build next generation software on different platforms including Windows, Windows Phone 7, Xbox and Mac OS X? The Content Access Protection team within the Interactive Entertainment Business is seeking for an experience senior developer to build robust, high performance tamper-resistant solution to protect software intellectual property on different hardware and OS platforms. We are looking for a creative and highly motivated developer with strong communication skills, proven technical leadership and passion for innovation.

You must possess solid software development skills using C/C++, strong knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:
• Cryptography and number theory
• Compiler design and implementation
• Reverse engineering and software forensic analysis
• Security research and penetration test
• Assembly on x86, x64 and ARM
• Modern OS architecture and internals
• Digital Rights Management System, content anti-piracy
• Advanced debugging
• Software performance profiling and tuning

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