RTL keyboards for WP7/WP8 finally under development


The lack of support for middle-eastern languages has been a real sticking point for Windows Phone 7 fans in the area.

We have previously posted that Nokia claimed support would come only in the second half of 2012.

Now a job post at Microsoft has looking for a SDET in Windows Phone to work on the keyboard of “the next generation of mobile phone operating system”  with “Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, or similar complex script languages” experience suggests this work is now finally underway.

Hopefully the work will be as awesome as their Western keyboard, which is widely lauded.

See the job post after the break.

Software Development Engineer in Test – Windows Phone (781937) Job

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Date: Jan 12, 2012

Location: Redmond, WA, US

Job Category: Software Engineering: User Experience
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 781937-72266
Division: Windows Phone Division
Microsoft Windows Phone Client team is creating the next generation of mobile phone operating system, and we need top talent to help us make it the best OS ever! If you love gadgets, and wants to join the mobile revolution, this may just be the perfect opportunity for you.
Our team’s charter is to create the best in class input experience, including touch/gestures and text input. We are highly focus on improving the overall input experience and extend this experience to all locales. We are the team behind the awesome Windows Phone SIP, universally rated as “best in class” amongst all major competing smartphone platforms. The amount of technology built into this feature area will amaze you. If you are passionate about this space and want to make your mark, come talk to us!
Primary responsibilities:
Own end-to-end testing for one or more features, identify product defects and work with PM and dev to improve the quality for the feature.
Design, implement and maintain OS level test libraries used by multiple teams.
Work with PM and dev to design text input features in next version of Windows Phone OS.
Create innovative test automation and tools to evaluate and improve input experience on mobile device.
Lead virtual team efforts and drive projects to completion across teams.
What you get from this assignment:
Chance to work on the latest software and hardware innovation – before anyone else.
Work with a team of highly talented and motivated testers, developers and PMs.
Have the freedom and opportunity to design and decide the best way to test the area you own.
5+ years of software development and testing experiences.
Experienced with testing platform technologies upon which applications were built.
Experienced with building and maintaining robust test automation.
Familiar with debugging platform code on embedded devices.
Able to work independently or with a team with minimal supervision.
Strong coding, testing and problem solving skills.
(preferred) Native or fluent speaker of Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, or similar complex script languages.
You’ll work with a team of experienced and dedicated engineers, and will have the opportunity to make a critical impact on perhaps the most important investment the company is undertaking today.

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