Microsoft working on adding Printing support to Windows Phone

imageIt is somewhat of an embarrassment that Windows Phone does not support printing documents, despite touting the built-in Office suite and being marketed as business friendly.

It seems Microsoft is aware of the deficit and are working to fix it.

In a job posting on Microsoft Careers Microsoft is looking for a software engineer:

”…to revolutionize the printing platform within Windows to address new scenarios and make this area a differentiating feature for Microsoft products.

Our team aims to keep Windows the best platform for printer ISVs and IHVs and to design and build the new platforms that will light up these new scenarios. Our team will develop for Windows client, Windows server, phone, tablet, Xbox, and cloud scenarios.

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Experience with developing for Windows Phone, working with ISV or IHV partners, or designing platforms and APIs is a plus.

Now I suspect not too many Xboxes will need printing support, but even a home user appreciates being able to print out a recipe rather than getting flour on their smartphone.

In the mean time we recommend Kumoprint as a near seamless printing experience on Windows Phone, and hope Microsoft’s eventual solution will not have us downloading printer drivers.

See the full job posting after the break.

Software Development Engineer II

Printers are the most common peripheral in the consumer desktop market, and Windows has long provided a powerful and rich print platform. The world of printing has evolved in ways beyond the traditional desktop print model, encompassing mobile, 3D and cloud based scenarios. Our team will work to revolutionize the printing platform within Windows to address new scenarios and make this area a differentiating feature for Microsoft products.
Our team aims to keep Windows the best platform for printer ISVs and IHVs and to design and build the new platforms that will light up these new scenarios. Our team will develop for Windows client, Windows server, phone, tablet, Xbox, and cloud scenarios.
We are hiring software engineers who can help to design, build, and ship the code to enable these new scenarios. Successful candidates will have a solid track record of delivering high quality software solutions, strong problem solving and software development skill, and a passion for designing and building simple but powerful platforms.
Required qualifications:
3+ years software development experience
Solid coding and design skills using C/C++ or C#
Experience with developing for Windows Phone, working with ISV or IHV partners, or designing platforms and APIs is a plus.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Source: Microsoft Careers

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