Microsoft finally planning to bring SeaDragon zooming tech to Windows Mobile

deepzoom Long Zheng from Istartedsomething.com have dug up this Microsoft job advertisement that talks about finally bringing the technology to Windows Mobile.

Microsoft famously first demoed the software on the iPhone, saying it provided a more consistent platform.  Presumably this is something the chassis specification for Windows Mobile 7 will fix.

Here is the ad below:

Are you excited to work on technology that leapfrogs Microsoft products ahead of the competition? Are you ready to dive into a new technology that pushes the envelope to create new markets and products? Do you get stoked by the idea of working in a start-up atmosphere as part of a growing incubation team that bridges the gap between research and product?

The Seadragon team – http://livelabs.com/seadragon/ – is part of Microsoft Live Labs, and we’re creating innovative new content visualization technologies that are revolutionizing both web and client applications. The team has been busy shipping components to multiple Microsoft product teams and experiences externally. Not familiar with Seadragon? Maybe you’ve heard of Photosynth – http://photosynth.net/Default.aspx, that killer photo demo that maps photo collections onto 3d space; Photosynth is powered by Seadragon. How about Silverlight DeepZoom – http://livelabs.com/seadragon/silverlight/; that’s Seadragon technology under the hood! We’ve even done smooth zooming in Ajax via Seadragon Ajax – http://livelabs.com/seadragon-ajax/.

We are a very bottoms-up organization, comprised of passionate self-driven individuals who define our direction on a daily basis. We run the gamut from creative designers to low-level graphics developers. Our technology spans back-end server to CSS pages, managed to unmanaged, OpenGL to DirectX, Silverlight to Javascript. Heck, sometimes we even work on iPhone apps! We don’t limit ourselves by platform or language. If it’s the right tool for the job, we use it. If you are the type of creative individual who likes to lead and is passionate about creating great user and developer experiences, you may make a good match for the Seadragon team.

We’re currently seeking a Lead Developer who’s excited to make a huge impact on Microsoft by bringing Seadragon concepts and code to Microsoft products. We have already put Seadragon in Silverlight. Now we want to take it everywhere: Windows 8, Windows Mobile 7, WPF, XNA. You will be the one building and leading the team to accomplish this challenging task. Experience working as a lead or IC in one or more of these platforms is beneficial, but the ability to quickly ramp up and deliver features in any foreign codebase is crucial to success. IC skills of expert C and C++ are an absolute must, while managed interop experience is also great to have. API design skills and, in particular, the ability to collaborate with another team on how Seadragon technology can be properly exposed according to the native environment will be necessary attributes.

Experience in any of the following will serve you well in this position: .NET/C#, Silverlight, ASP.NET, SOAP/XML web services, Objective-C/Cocoa, Java/J2ME, Flash/ActionScript 3.0, HTML/CSS/JavaScript/JSON, TCP/HTTP networking, GDI+, DirectX, OpenGL, CoreGraphics/CoreImage, WPF/WIC.

Who knows, when Windows Mobile 7 comes along, maybe Microsoft will actually put out new software on their own platform first.

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