Motorola already working on a Windows Phone 7 handset?


Now regular readers will know we love a good rumour, and also love nothing better that starting one. We have heard recently that Motorola is open to using Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft would love nothing better to accommodate them.

Now we have some (shaky) evidence Motorola may have already agreed to build a Windows Phone 7 handset.

Microsoft have posted two job adverts for Software Test Engineers to work with what appears to be a US-based OEM for Windows Phone.

Now of course there are precious few US-based OEMs (we only count Motorola and Apple) and I don’t think Apple will be converting from IOS any time soon.

Additionally the ad speaks about traveling to San Francisco and Chicago, with Motorola’s headquarters conveniently in Schaumburg, a few miles from Chicago, and with Motorola also having important offices in Sunnyvale, close to San Francisco, we feel pretty convinced.

Could Microsoft’s patent law suit have convinced Motorola so quickly? See the full ad after the break, and let us know if you are convinced below.

Software Test Engineer (SDET) II- OEM Engineering Team in Mobile Device Strategy & Commercial

Date: Oct 7, 2010

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 735080 27256
Product: Windows Phone
Division: Services & Support
Are you an experienced SDET II who is looking for something different, maybe a new challenge? Do you want to work on the very latest mobile devices before they show up in an operator’s retail stores? If you are still reading this, then the OEM Engineering Team in Mobile Device Strategy and Commercialization (MDSC) is the perfect place for you! We are looking for a superstar SDET to help us expand a rock solid team that will be working with a key strategic OEM and making sure we jointly ship the coolest, most compelling Windows Phone possible with the highest quality and best end user experience.
We are seeking a passionate, quality-minded individual to be part of a team that helps drive the feature set and quality of Windows Phones. You’ll work with developers and PMs to triage, investigate, and root cause ship stoppers, as well as contribute to feature definition and testing of new applications and capabilities.
What makes this role different is the interaction with our partner, and the direct contribution to our division’s revenue. Shipping a mobile device is a collaborative process, and you will need to work with our partner to jointly test and ensure we build and ship great devices, with ever better quality, in less time, and on schedule. We need you to help figure out the best way for us to integrate our test processes, skills, tools, and people with those of our partner so that both companies can benefit from the best of the others, and we can jointly ship a higher quality product, in less time.
• Must be willing to travel to places like San Francisco, Chicago, and overseas, several times a year
• Demonstrate Test experience throughout the ship cycle, strong knowledge of Software and System Testing, with a minimum of 4 years test experience
• Demonstrate the ability to function autonomously and work through ambiguity and rapid changes.
• Demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrate very strong coding skills in C/C++/C# with a minimum of 4 years coding experience
• Experience with C++, BSP (Board Support Program) for various Real Time or embedded systems
• -1 yr of Test Leadership experience shipping products covering long or short ship cycles
• A BA/BS/MS degree in a Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related discipline
• Provide a high quality customer experience and high level of partner satisfaction.
• Leverage strong communication skills and effective multi-task skills to meet partner needs.
• Manage creation of test specifications, test processes, test schedules, test automation, problem repro/investigation and root cause.
• Be accountable for team technical growth and development
• Ship quality products that are cool and everybody is talking about!
Come be a part of the fastest growing P&L in the company as a SDET II on the MDSC OEM Engineering team! You will put your skills to use in ways you won’t get the chance to in a typical product group effort, and gain business and partnership experiences to add to your career development profile.

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