Microsoft seeking talent to develop a user experience that breaks “free of the small screen”

Microsoft seeking talent to develop a user experience that breaks “free of the small screen”
If you have a knack for Software Engineering and you like big displays, Microsoft wants you. The company has been looking to unify the experience of its main Windows operating system with its gaming and mobile platforms, and the progress thus far has been admirable.

Windows 10 is arguably going to be the first really noticeable step to unifying the experience even more, and Redmond wants “individuals who love technology, multi-device scenarios, and have a passion for delivering next generation user experiences.

Your background? Six years of coding and debugging in C/C++ and delivering on design for component-level quality during testing. Most notable of all, you will be tasked with unlocking “true potential” of Windows Phone “breaking free of the small screen.”

The Lumia 1520 has a beautiful 6-inch HD display. All that is needed now is for Windows Phone to deliver that “next step” which bridges the common user experience found in iOS and Android, and the dynamic content meant to be delivered via the Live Tiles, and then brings that experience from phone, to tablet, to laptop, to desktop. That is a tall order indeed.

sources: Microsoft via WMPoweruser



1. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

split screen multitasking !

6. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Microsoft could just go in comment sections of all sites and read what users are begging for: 1) multiple apps on one screen,split screen is just 2 apps. 2) multiple clipboard 3) interacting with titles(like widget on android) rather than just showing information on it. 4) more customization with user interface.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Sooooo...what you're saying is that WP8 users want Android. In all seriousness, I'm not trying to troll, but you must be aware that everything you listed is all already available in the competing OS. There's a little irony in the fact that you're asking for things that are already available to you.

11. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

yes android has all of those features but im going by title of article. things that will make small screen not feel so small. add functionality basically. if you think some OS already have much of features and other dont need to incorporate them, rather just give up ? so why did you no use WebOS? why are you using Android? trust me man, its always good for us users to have variety. that way we get more and more unique ideas. rather than just 1 company's mindset. would like add one more to the list. -adding swipe features. like blackberry.

13. saadi

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2014


14. g2a5b0e unregistered

I don't disagree with anything you said, man. I was just pointing out the slight irony in your statement.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because you want features you want android? Wasnt and isnt choice the backbone of android?

26. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Tell me how split screen multitasking is in "stock" android (Not a fan of any skins) , I love android but it is not as efficient as windows phone ,but the sad part of that is windows phone is not open source .

28. g2a5b0e unregistered

Where did I say stock? Yeah. Try again.

29. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because when you talk about Android, you are talking about stock android. You see this is the difference and why your original statement fails. Android allows split screen, however its up to the OEM/Dev to actually make it happen. By windows making it a code basic, it would be on the OS level, not a OS overlay. Meaning all apps, with minimal coding (depending on how os level it is) would support it. Where with Android you have to, hope the app supports it, since not all apps do. Where with windows, they would most likely make it a OS layer where all apps are supported since the OS/UI will be handling the scaling and selection of things. SO in short, no we do not want android. Windows implements things differently and most of the time in a more efficient/faster/less resourceful hog in doing so.

32. g2a5b0e unregistered

Don't tell me what I mean when I say Android. You might mean stock & that's fine. I don't. Besides, you took that post way too seriously. I wasn't even serious in the first part of that. That's why I started the second sentence with "in all seriousness". Lighten the eff up.

33. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

You should understand android is not as much of a standalone OS as much as it is a platform. Samsung touchwiz is a OS. HTC Sense is another OS. But all powered by android. So when talking Android. everything is included in that. Stock android is no holy grail that you can put it alone and make it superior than others android OS.

34. g2a5b0e unregistered

Someone who gets it. +1

2. Iamnofanboy

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

I thought Microsoft had tallent...!!!

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The most high level degrees of any company. But why does that mean they have to stop looking? That makes no sense...

37. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Simple proof that a piece of paper from an overpriced college does't equal success. Experience and understanding your product and customer base gets good companies ahead...

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

From what I've read, employee turnover for this type of thing is enormous. Once a project is finished, engineers and developers often move on to another challenge at another company.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is true, when windows released 95, alot of them went on to other things or retired. Not just MS but lots of companies.

25. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They accidentally laid off 18,000 of them.

30. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Wouldn't be surprised if a decent amount will be rehired during the restructure. I have seen that plenty of times.

3. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

first i would like to solve the app issue with the os ,only android and IOS gets the most functionality of the same app thats in windows os.for ex sending audio files thorough whatsapp windows is not allowed

4. Iamnofanboy

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Just kidding...!!!!

5. Iamnofanboy

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

How about Android App portability...!!!

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

but all those apps has to be turn in Modern UI.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They should unify x86 apps and the Metro Store And unify all the Xbox One games into the Metro Store Not interested in a Xbox One, but if they release Halo on PC I'll get it

8. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

unify windows app store and work is done

9. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Why not ask developers to develop more quality apps in the WP store. I went back to android because of this.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

There are over 340,000 apps in the WP store including the overwhelming majority of popular apps. Pretty soon with one Windows store that number jumps to half million plus. Hundreds of thousands of apps in apps stores are crap. There are a lot less useful apps in app stores than useful ones

16. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Just copy the good things from Android. Heck; just slap Android on the phone with a Microsoft skin. Call it microtouch or wizsoft.

18. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

that's so not microsoft!

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