Microsoft Developing Next Generation Web Layout Platform For Windows Phone

We previously reported that Windows Phone 7’s browser is going to get update soon as said by Dean Hachamovitch of Microsoft. imageAlso various sources reported that Mobile IE update will be part of ‘Mango’ update that may be coming in April/May time frame. Today I came across a job posting from Microsoft that is related to IE Mobile,the job posting describes that they need test lead for the next generation layout engine for IE. Web Browser in Windows Phone 7 is going to play big role in the future, as more and more developers will develop their applications based on HTML 5 which is less overhead for them instead of developing various native applications on different platforms.

We are looking for a strong and experienced test lead to own the team of test engineers that are working on the next generation web layout platform for Windows Phone. Your team will be responsible for building and testing the next generation layout engine for the IE Mobile Browser. There will be significant cross team interactions so you should have experience with working cross team on complex engineering initiatives.

Its good to see Microsoft is serious about Web Browser in Windows Phone? What do you think?Full Job Description After the Break.

Test Lead, Principal – MCB – Windows Phone (736042) Job

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Date: Feb 12, 2011

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 736042-35605
Division: Mobile Communication Business
We have just shipped Windows Phone 7 and the early buzz is extremely positive. Against the expectations of many we have built a competitive phone platform and experience to put ourselves back in the Smartphone Wars, but we know that we are in a highly competitive marketplace that is constantly moving forward. We have a lot more work to do to.
Our team builds the IE Mobile browser in the Windows Phone organization which is one of the most user applications on the device. While apps on Smartphones have captured the marketing limelight, consumers continue to consume a huge amount of content via mobile Web browsers — and their hunger is growing. Worldwide mobile Web usage grew 148% over last year, and the number of mobile Web users will surpass the number of desktop Web users within 5 years. Moreover, as mobile browsers become more powerful, developers are adapting their sites to cater to smartphone users. There are already nearly half a million “mobile touch” Web sites – more than 2x the number of iPhone apps – and that number will grow to 1.1 million mobile touch sites by the end of 2010. It is still very early days in this radical transformation of the Web (think back to the early 90s on the PC if you want a sense of where the Web is on phones today…) If you want to be part of the revolution that is happening as the Web grows up on Smartphones, come join us on the Windows Phone Browser team.
We are looking for a strong and experienced test lead to own the team of test engineers that are working on the next generation web layout platform for Windows Phone. Your team will be responsible for building and testing the next generation layout engine for the IE Mobile Browser. There will be significant cross team interactions so you should have experience with working cross team on complex engineering initiatives. This position requires a strong passion for Web technologies and Web development, testing and deep technical problem solving skills. Our team is a growing test organization that believes in pushing team members to constantly improve their leadership, testing and problem-solving skills.
Qualifications:
3+ Years Test Lead experience with track record of driving multiple products/versions from inception to delivery.
Strong technical domain knowledge of the internet browser space including protocols, standards, tools and scripting languages.
5+ Years strong development skills including expert knowledge of C++, objection orientation, and strong debugging skills
2+ Years development experience using web technologies, Java, JavaScript, CSS3.
Excellent team building skills and a proven track record of recruiting and retaining top test talent.
Excellent communications skills both in team, across team and with management and other disciplines.
Understanding of COM.
Understanding of graphics technologies and API.
Helpful But Not Required: Experience with mobile phone development, cellular technologies and/or other embedded development .
Helpful But Not Required: Experience of processor architectures in addition to x86 (such as ARM) an advantage.
Do you want to play a major role in building the next billion dollar business at Microsoft by building an amazing product that consumers will love? Do you want to be a part of a high performing team that is at the epicenter of the most competitive areas in the most competitive consumer product space in the world? If the answers are yes and you love mobile technology and the Web, come join us and build the next generation Web platform on Windows Phone.

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