Microsoft recruiting engineers for “a new Cloud Layer for a whole slew of services for Windows Phone”

We always keep a close eye on Microsoft’s job board, and their latest post is pretty interesting.

In this post they are recruiting engineers to create a “a new Cloud Layer for a whole slew of services for Windows Phone” with “a centralized system for Configuration , Deployment, Runtime, Business Intelligence”.

It is not exactly clear what this cloud service will be. Two possibilities are suggested.  One is for a new KIN Studio-like service for Windows Phone 7, which has already been suggested earlier, with Aaron Woodman, director of the mobile communications business at Microsoft saying “It’s definitely part of the road map to have enriched services that make the phone more meaningful, and the Web more meaningful,”

The other, suggested somewhat by the use of “Configuration , Deployment, Runtime, Business Intelligence” is that this service will be designed for enterprise device management which is obviously necessary but less exciting.

See the full job post after the break.

Software Development Engineer in Test, Senior – MCB – Windows Phone (739562) Job

Date: Feb 12, 2011

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 739562-35606
Division: Mobile Communication Business
How much would you enjoy being part of a team that has taken a big challenge to build a new Cloud Layer for a whole slew of services for Windows Phone? Let us also add in the fact that this is a V1 product, in the initial stages with huge scope, visibility and a ton of challenges to make it more interesting. The team is looking to build a new Platform with a centralized system for Configuration , Deployment, Runtime, Business Intelligence and more and the position is geared to give you the expertise across the breadth & depth for testing large scale services.
We need a competent SDET who enjoys taking complex problems and breaking it down to logical chunks of work and nailing the quality of those systems through excellent engineering skills. This is great opportunity to learn about Azure, SQL Azure and related cloud technologies and at the same time play with the new Windows Phone features that are being planned for the next releases
Primary Responsibilities in this role include:
-Work with PMs to identify the right functionality to build for the platform and devs to identify Test Hooks in the product to have good testing coverage
-Architecting Test solutions that are scalable for functional, performance, stress testing and can be repurposed across different teams
-Own the overall quality of features in the manageability space (Configuration, Deployment and Monitoring) and write test specs, test cases, develop test automation in feature areas to meet the quality gates and release requirements, participate in the design and development of the test automation framework
-Improve our test methodologies, metrics and test architecture and contribute to test community by building test tools on Windows & SQL Azure
Required skills:
-5+ years of experience in Software development/testing of software products
-5+ years of developing/testing C++/C#/Java code as an individual contributor
-3+ years of developing/testing applications on SQL server platform
-Strong verbal and written communications skills and ability to work in a team environment
-A four-year degree in CS or equivalent
-Familiarity with releasing Online Services
-Testing highly scalable & highly available Database
-Experience in developing/testing in Windows & SQL Azure