Microsoft to hire visual/UI designers & psychologists for WP7 refinement

Microsoft to hire visual/UI designers & psychologists for WP7 refinement
Windows Phone 7 is barely out of the gate, and already gunning for a piece of Apple's market share. Years ago, the roles were reversed, and Microsoft is eager to earn back their place in your mobile-loving hearts. To that end, Microsoft is hiring design program managers, visual designers, user experience designers, and user experience researchers to further refine the OS.

We all know that WP7 is still young, and certainly not perfect. They stated before that they wanted to do fewer things, and do them well, rather than rush out a bug-ridden OS. They are coming out with their copy-paste update, and will soon add better multi-tasking functionality.

Their 'Windows Phone Careers' page includes a position for a 'User Experience Researcher.' This position calls for a master's degree in psychology, so we suppose their are working towards an even more user-friendly, intuitive, and satisfying experience from WP7.

We're glad to see Microsoft not resting on their laurels after a successful launch. The holiday shopping season will obviously be the real proving ground, exposing how successful their half-million dollar ad campaign and ground-up design techniques have been. How about you? Are you getting a Windows Phone 7 device this holiday season, or are you looking at an iPhone or Android device?

source: Microsoft via WMPoweruser



1. Hello-dirt

Posts: 102; Member since: May 02, 2010

I do not want one, but I am hoping my wifes work will buy them for their employees. After tasting Froyo, I do not think WP7 will outshine in a way that will make me say "I love windows again". If she brings one home, then I get to see and hear how well it is designed. Apple OS is dumb enough for toddlers, Android OS is simple enough for preschoolers, and I am predicting WP7 will be easy enough for late-elementary students.

6. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I think that there needs to be a point of clarification. WP7 is a complete reboot of the OS, not an updated version. The statement, "I do not think WP7 will outshine in a way that will make me say "I love windows again."," is not accurate and I think is a symptom of the larger issue that Microsoft has to overcome. Windows Mobile has a bad rap [deserved or not], and Windows Phone 7 is a new OS and should not be considered in the same family. If you had said "to make me say I love Microsoft again," then it would be OK, but this is a new OS not related to the old OS regardless if they share the word Windows in the title. I think knowledgable users like yourself should be careful not to confuse the masses to give WP7 a fair shot. Disclosure: I love WP7 and think that it does outshine the current OS competition in almost every way.

2. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I can see that I am clearly of a time warp era. I loved WinMo and for what it stood for. Under pressure from society, I succumbed to Android and the Evo. I really like Android alot. More than I thought I would. However, I can't say I love it. I think it needs work and find it no more bug free than WinMo. In fact, even with all the glitches, WinMo was solid. You knew what to expect. I really think WinMo was marred by lack of processing power from devices. My HTC touch Pro handled WinMo far better than previous version devices. Who knows how it would perform on phones with the snapdragons, hummingbirds of today. Anyway, I welcome Windows back and really wish them to prosper through their new OS. The next year should be very exciting for the whole industry and hope WinMo can once again position itself as a strong competitor. John B.

3. DrewSadik

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 07, 2010

WINDOWS PHONE 7 ALL THE WAY! I thought i liked Android, and i still do, kinda, but i like the look and feel of Windows Phone soooo much better! its just more beautiful and simple, and less complicated and jam-packed with confusing features added by carriers, inconsistent UIs, and a bunch of dumb apps that stink

4. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Just played around with the WP7 and I'm pretty excited. I've used the iOS, Android, BlackBerry, WinMo 6.5 and I can say good things about each. Have to give credit to the iOS for giving the smartphone world a new pulse. BlackBerry was a GREAT business phone - loved the organizer, simplicity, relibaility, battery life. WinMo 6.5 was good to me. Lots of people hate, but it was not a bad OS at all. It was slower, however it offered many nice features that I found useful. Android has completely rocked the smartphone world, but it still feels amateurish. WP7 seems like the REAL DEAL. Great hardware, simple software, clean and smooth run, useful apps (and a non convoluted market)... to room for complaints. However I dont own one yet, and havent had extensive time behind it. However I do know that I already am willing to put aside all other OS to try WP7 out. It seems to me it is the replacement to all my previous phones.

7. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Oohrah! I agree that WinMo has been a fine OS and done well for me. I also share the sentiment that while Android has been a successful and competent OS, there are many touches lacking from the interface that seem very suprising to me in this day and age. I expect sleeker design than what I have seen and it seems unusuakl that Google has seen fit to allow 3rd parties like HTC provide overlays that compensate for these deficiencies. WP7's Metro interface is not only sleek and deep and easy all at once, it is refreshing to use.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Haha it seems some of us rode re same boat I have to say that I've played with winmo before and it was good but got involeon a play around rom for my touch pro from xda The XDANDROID protect and loved the workaround, so the little green robot immediately made it in my list along with symbian and winmo. Well im glad they are back in the game again

8. purrungas unregistered

had a bad experience with win a few years back with my diamond" but when I got the HD2 it was a big difference, a lot better and with the help of my boys at XDA things only got more fun, I like this idea of wp7 and think that it does need some time to mature, hopefully not that long...hopefully they won't make it too business like, (not enough animations) I think this is one of the reasons apple lasted that long...give me some video calling, tether, wifi, upgradable memory, alll the goodies, come onnnnnn

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