Windows Mobile 7 hardware will be certified

Good news for future Windows Mobile 7 handset owners is that Windows Mobile 7 handsets will undergo strict verification for compliance with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 specifications prior to release, at least according to this job posting.

The posting is for a Software Development Engineer in Test, who is tasked with creating the tools to verify the hardware OEM’s produce are up to the task of running the latest version of Windows Mobile.

Software Development Engineer in Test, E&D Mobile Device Strategy & Commercialize
Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Product: Windows Mobile
Division: Entertainment & Devices Division

About Us:
Want to be a key part of a cool, rapidly growing business? As the Mobile Communications Business continues to mature we continue to find ways to improve focus and processes to rapidly commercialize new Windows Mobile (WM) software and services with our OEM and Mobile Operator partners. As part of the new Mobile Device Strategy and Commercialization (MDSC) Hardware team, the Platform Group will be responsible to help drive rapid commercialization of WM by delivering the key adaptation software and hardware reference designs to partners as well as managing the Mobile dogfood strategy.

Role & Opportunity:
The MDSC Platform Group is looking for a strong SDET who is passionate about the next wave of our Windows Phones. You will be responsible for architecting and creating the tests that would allow us to certify that the phones the OEMs want to ship are built according to Microsoft’s specification for the next generation of Windows Phones. These tests will be shipped to partners that will need to pass them in order to get their phones in the market, to support them as they bring their devices up and continue throughout the commercialization process. This position requires a high level of technical expertise as well as cross-team interaction and quality communication. As you work on these cool new devices you will be in a unique position to evaluate and propose the need for changes on Windows Mobile platform that will lead to higher device stability and quality.

Responsibilities:
* Designing and developing tests and tools (software and hardware) that will be shipped to our partners to verify compliance
* Leveraging and improving the quality of existing tests that will be used to improve reliability, performance, stability and power consumption to help OEMs get closer to compliance.

This strategy should pay off in a more even and better user experience, and level the playing field between the various OEMs, who have up to now released handsets of varying and predictable levels of quality.

Is this strategy long over due?  Let us know in the comments.

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