Microsoft working on new 'market disrupting' project

A job advertisement has recently been posted as part of Microsoft's Windows Phone division and it hints at a new project that the company is currently working on. While the details were light for obvious reasons, the advert claims that the Windows Phone division is in the midst of planning a top secret project, with the goal to disrupt the relevant market.

According to WMPU, the job, which is opening in Redmond, has been given a name of "Software Development Engineer in Test" and was posted earlier today on Microsoft's Career website. From first glance, the project that they appear to be fast tracking, will be in development stage by the end of August this year. The job description as posted on Microsoft's website:

Wish you were part of a team whose charter is to create experiences our customers simply can’t live without? Are you excited when you see a user experience that delights customers? We are a team working on a top secret project inside the Windows Phone division. Our mission…GO BIG! DISRUPT THE MARKET!

We can’t give you many details on this JD, but I can assure you we have a passionate group of engineers charged and ready to take on the challenge. It’s a v1 feature set and we are completing planning in 1 month, so timing is perfect. We are looking for an experienced SDET to play the role of product line customer advocate. In this role you would be on point to work with product planning, design, UX research and the feature team to glue pieces of feature together and build delighting user experiences. As an experienced SDET you will be guiding the team towards the key set of scenarios and technologies we should be using to innovate and go beyond the typical feature testing.

Come make our product sing to customers! It’s a chance to see your work showcased by millions of customers for years to come

There is some speculation that the project Microsoft is working on will involve the creation of a secure instant messaging client that would be suitable for governmental or high security clearance use. The BlackBerry IM software uses a secure connection which has upset some countries because of the increased difficulty to spy on messages, but could Microsoft be developing something similar?

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stevan said,
In other rumors, Apple will buy %51 of Microsoft next year with all the cash they have.

Hahahahahahaha you've got to be trolling.

Enron said,
Meanwhile, Apple is hiring more patent lawyers so they can go invent some more stuff.

Win.

PS: I think the phrase "invent more stuff" should have been in quotation marks or something, just so some people don't get confused...

Enron said,
Meanwhile, Apple is hiring more patent lawyers so they can go invent some more stuff.

One day, apple will sue people from breathing...

PlogCF said,

Yeah, right. Patently Apple. Once again, you fail.

Let me guess, you own Microsoft stock?

Hahahahahahahahaha

Enron said,
Meanwhile, Apple is hiring more patent lawyers so they can go invent some more stuff.

It is time for Apple to catch up with Microsoft regarding the number of patent lawyers.

p.s The day Microsoft announced they are to buy Skype, Microsoft's lawyers slapped a patent lawsuit against them :-)

alexalex said,

It is time for Apple to catch up with Microsoft regarding the number of patent lawyers.

p.s The day Microsoft announced they are to buy Skype, Microsoft's lawyers slapped a patent lawsuit against them :-)


Citation needed please.

"There is some speculation that the project Microsoft is working on will involve the creation of a secure instant messaging client that would be suitable for governmental or high security clearance use."

Don't they have Lync for corporate/governmental use? I don't know how secure it is, but couldn't they make it more secure rather than another IM-type service?

Quikboy said,
"There is some speculation that the project Microsoft is working on will involve the creation of a secure instant messaging client that would be suitable for governmental or high security clearance use."

Don't they have Lync for corporate/governmental use? I don't know how secure it is, but couldn't they make it more secure rather than another IM-type service?

The US government has some very specific needs when it comes to things like this, and Lync might not fit the bill out of the box

PlogCF said,
Just when you thought the Windows Phone division was going nowhere after the Mango update...

I'm not sure what you mean, are you saying that you thought that there was nothing planned for after Mango? At any rate, the update that comes after Mango is Tango, and after that is Apollo

Sraf said,

I'm not sure what you mean, are you saying that you thought that there was nothing planned for after Mango? At any rate, the update that comes after Mango is Tango, and after that is Apollo

i think he meant mango is so huge that we never even considered what was after that..

Lachlan said,

i think he meant mango is so huge that we never even considered what was after that..

Yeah, and for this to be a v1 feature? Intrigued isn't even the word. I can't wait to see what this might become...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, and for this to be a v1 feature? Intrigued isn't even the word. I can't wait to see what this might become...

v1... What does that even mean? Your comment implies it means something big.

I hope MS buys a 4G network and start offering its own cellphone network using Skype and charge super cheap for it while Skype to phone could be a little higher. Now that's not disrupting, then I don't know what is.

flexkeyboard said,
I hope MS buys a 4G network and start offering its own cellphone network using Skype and charge super cheap for it while Skype to phone could be a little higher. Now that's not disrupting, then I don't know what is.

But it'd limit their market since they'd have to expand 4G service fast, which also adds costs for them so I don't see it working out.