Microsoft has put out a job advert asking for a software development engineer to bring Silverlight to the Xbox 360.
Silverlight is already the development basis of Windows phone 7, and of course already runs on the desktop. Bringing Silverlight to the Xbox 360 will effectively bring the platform to the TV, and completing Microsoftâ€™s â€œ3 screen and a cloudâ€ vision. It will also effectively make the Xbox 360 and Windows phone 7 code-equivalent devices, with both supporting XNA and Silverlight.
There is a significant possibility this move precedes Microsoft opening up the Xbox 360 as a more open 3rd party development platform, to compete against platforms like Apple TV or Google TV, and may bring Windows phone 7 apps to the console.
Read the job ad after the break.
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 740317 29869
Product: Microsoft Silverlight
Division: Server & Tools Business
Silverlight is looking to hire motivated developers with a passion for creating ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX.
Silverlight is a fast paced, fun and winning team that ships yearly and is making serious inroads in the marketplace. It is a cross-browser, cross-platform, developer platform that is based on XAML and already running on Windows, Mac, set-top-boxes and Windows Phones. Numerous industry partners are already using Silverlight to deliver high end and cutting edge internet and mobile experiences to millions of users, including Netflix, NBC Olympics, Seesmic, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Microsoft teams such as Sql reporting services, Office Communicator are already using Silverlight and many more will be in the future.
One of the unique things about our team is how closely we partner with customers to make them successful with our technology â€“ whether itâ€™s one of the thousands of applications developed for Windows Phone 7, social network applications such as Seesmic, or powering the largest premium internet movie service through Netflix. With our next wave of releases we are looking to increase by an order of magnitude our usage, customer base and reach.
As a developer you will be responsible for delivering features for Silverlight on the XBOX as part of the next wave.
Candidates must have 5+ years of professional development experience in C++ and a willingness to work on new operating systems and languages.