THE MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM (OS) Windows Phone 7 will be updated annually, according to an optimistic job posting by Microsoft.
In the posting, in which Microsoft searches for a software engineer to lead OS development, one element piqued our interest. It said, "This Senior Program Manager position will be the CXE Feature PM that drives all development work on the Application Platform for update releases between major yearly releases."
This confirms that we might see a major upgrade once a year, if Microsoft persists with its late to market operating system, that is. If this actually happens and the first major update is not a Microsoft announcement that it's closing the door a failed OS, then The INQUIRER will be very much surprised.
There are other entertaining nuggets in the job posting, which advertises a role based in the Washington state backwater Tukwila, such as the somewhat wishful thinking reminder, which we all need, that Microsoft thinks Windows Phone 7 is a valid alternative to the other mobile operating systems.
"We aren't just building a me-too iPhone or Android competitor; we're changing the way customers use and experience their device," it said in answer to a question that no one bothered to pose.
How close Tukwila is to cloud cuckoo land we can't say, but there is an air of fantasy in the posting. For example, apparently it's all rather thrilling to work in the Windows Phone 7 developer team, while the OS has some momentum about it. So we are told at least.
"There has never been a more thrilling time for the Windows Phone team! Windows Phone 7 launched and is building momentum in the market," reads the post, as it looks for mobile phone OS developers that want to paddle into the open ocean of mobile OS software in Microsoft's little rubber raft.
"Do you want to be part of driving the next big business for the company? If you believe Windows Phone is a critical area of investment for Microsoft and if you have a passion for creating compelling mobile user experiences then come join the Windows Phone Customer Experience Engineering team (CXE) and help shape the future of mobile."
Well, all we can say is that this might be a good paying software development gig, at least for a little while. µ