Microsoft forms "new team" to adopt Rust into MS365's Substrate App Platform

The Redmond company's adaption of Rust is getting serious.

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Key notes

  • A little while ago, Microsoft said that it would rewrite core Windows codes in Rust.
  • Now, the company is opening a vacancy for Rust-fluent developers.
  • The position demands expertise in guiding technical direction, designing, executing Rust component libraries, etc.

Microsoft is actively migrating its core Windows code to Rust, a more performant and bug-free alternative to C#. To further this initiative, the Redmond-based tech giant is seeking to expand its team dedicated to integrating Rust into MS365, as spotted on Microsoft Careers site.

More specifically, Microsoft is seeking to recruit new principal software architects to spearhead the Substrate App Platform group, a crucial component underlying its cloud services.

“We are forming a new team focused on enabling the adoption of the Rust programming language as the foundation to modernizing global scale platform services, and beyond,” the job vacancy reads.

The position demands expertise in guiding technical direction, designing, and executing Rust component libraries, SDKs, and migrating existing global-scale C#-based services to Rust. This calls for expertise in Rust and C#, and team players with a proven track record in intricate system design will stand out.

Wesley Wiser, Microsoft’s senior software engineer, also further assures and says the vacancy is not in Microsoft DevDiv.

At their BlueHat event last year, Microsoft announced plans to rewrite portions of the Windows kernel in Rust, citing its modernity, ease of use, and overall clarity. This same language is employed in the development of the new Azure Quantum Development Kit (QDK), which offers a 100x speed boost and a 100x reduction in code size.

Update: The article’s title and its intro paragraphs have been altered to represent a better reality of the report. We apologize for the inconvenience.