Microsoft job posting points to Windows Mobile gaming push

gaming Forget about tea leaves.  If you want to know the future (at least of Windows Mobile) look no further than Microsoft’s job postings, where things are certainly sunshine and roses.

In this latest posting, for a Product Planner in Marketing,  Microsoft reveals the existence of a Windows Mobile Gaming Product Manager, a pre-occupation with the Windows Mobile gaming User eXperience, and a wish to leverage their X-box and Windows Gaming dominance.

Read the job posting below:

Date: May 23, 2009

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Title: Product Planner – Marketing
Job Category: Marketing
Product: Windows Mobile
Date Posted: 04/15/2009
Location: WA – Redmond
Senior Product Planner MCB Product Planning :

Gaming Experience Mobile phones are the world’s fastest growing computing platform, and global sales of smart phones have already outpaced consumer PC sales. These rich, mobile computing devices have also become the next hot target for developers and service companies as they look to grow their reach to new devices and enable new consumer experiences. Unlike the PC space, market leadership in mobility is up for grabs. The traditional mobile incumbents are making a strong offering. Microsoft has invested deeply for five years and built a strong product with Windows Mobile, and more and more mobile applications and services are coming online across the company. And Apple, Google, and others are new and innovative entrants. This Senior Product Planner role will be responsible for helping Microsoft lead in consumer mobility by defining our strategy and roadmap for the Gaming experience. Key Responsibilities Include: Define consumer requirements for end-to-end experience for gaming. Define these for today’s market, evaluate future needs to enable us to influence and lead the market Partner with MCB UX and engineering teams to turn these requirements into end-to-end experience prototypes and specifications Partner with MCB developer planning to inform requirements for the platform. Lead and coordinate Microsoft’s mobile consumer experiences across MCB, Microsoft and 3rd parties. Partner with Gaming oriented teams like Xbox and Windows. Creation of our end-to-end value proposition by experience area taking advantage of MCB assets + Microsoft Assets + 3rd Parties Accountability to drive product development roadmap for Gaming experiences in conjunction with the Gaming product manager and engineering leads to ensure delivery of premium experiences Lead development of and management of consumer research plan for your area Budget tracking/management for areas of responsibility.

Almost every Microsoft job description says "come change the world…." This job is a bit more focused. The right candidate for this role has the chance to prove that Windows Mobile is not just a great OS for businesses but also for consumers. To prove this with Gaming experience. To catch up with and accelerate past our competitors. And to ship Microsoft software on more phones than we do PCs. Let’s change how people think about mobility, Microsoft, and entertainment. Changing the world will follow.

Now it is unlikely we will see any fruits of this labour in Windows Mobile 6.5, but Windows Mobile 7 is shaping up more and more to be a pretty ambitious release. Maybe they will even bring the D-pad back…

Read the full job description here.

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