Microsoft working closely with Samsung on next generation of Windows Phone handsets

samsung-logo-1024x341Winrumors have stumbled across a job postings which indicate Microsoft is making special efforts to keep Samsung on board with Windows Phone 7.

The job posting is looking for what appears to be a Microsoft/Samson liaison to help work on Samsung’s Windows Phone 7 portfolio for the next wave of handsets.

One posting reads:

We are looking for an outstanding self-starter who can lead a virtual team and drive the portfolio planning of the next generation of mobile devices running on Microsoft’ Windows Phone 7 with a leading handset manufacturer (Samsung). In this role you’ll be able to take your wireless industry experience to help shape and define the next generation of handsets.

In more detail the job posting speaks about increasing the proportion of Windows phone 7 handsets in Samsung’s portfolio and influence the OEMs roadmap to align with Microsoft’s.

  • Jointly develop and manage the planning of the product portfolio and experiences for Windows Phone handsets along with Samsung
  • Identify opportunities in the smartphone market through competitive analysis, segmentation and consumer insights and partner with Samsung to address these market segments
  • Evangelize and influence Samsung’s portfolio to garner a significant and increasing share of design-ins and translate these into design-wins
  • Partner closely with Windows Phone engineering, product planning and hardware chassis teams to develop amazing handsets
  • Conceptualize experiences which build upon Microsoft’ assets and the partners core competency and translate these feature requirements which can be implemented across Samsung’s products
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and business development teams at Microsoft and Samsung to understand business drivers and leverage these resources to achieve and exceed partner goals
  • Interface with Microsoft’s Mobile Operator teams to gather input and jointly define new end to end scenarios and device solutions that will fill the technical and business opportunities identified
  • Communicate Microsoft mobile roadmaps and influence Samsung’s roadmaps to ensure they align with Microsoft Windows Phone product goals and conform to the mobile industry cadence
  • Drive product/feature requirements, define and prioritize scenarios to help engineering teams in Microsoft and OEM partner make the right investments based on plans that are developed in conjunction with Samsung’s planning teams
  • Host regular meetings to ensure bilateral communication between MCB and Samsung. Communicate deviations in plans and make adjustments to meet the overall objectives

Many analysts have suggested Nokia teaming up with Microsoft would cause other OEMs to distance themselves from the operating system.  We have already OEMs like Acer who were on the fence actually being towards Windows phone 7, and it is clear Microsoft intends to continue working to retain the support from other OEMs going forward also.

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