Windows 8 Skype app development jobs posted

In October, Microsoft officially acquired the Internet phone company Skype. So it's not exactly a shock to learn that Skype is looking for developers to work on new Skype products for Windows 8. As spotted by iStartedSomething.com, Skype's web site has not one but two job openings available for "Software Development Engineer – Skype for Windows Metro."

Both job listings state, "The Consumer Engineering team at Skype is looking for passionate, team-oriented and self-motivated developers to help us build Skype client software for new Windows 8 platform." One job post is looking for a developer to work on C# while the other is looking for a developer to work with JavaScript/HTML5.

It would be a shock and somewhat embarrassing if Windows 8 was officially launched without a Skype app. Earlier this month a Skype executive said that the company was working to develop apps for Windows 8, Xbox 360 and Windows Phone. Windows Phone users have been waiting patiently for Skype to release an app for their mobile operating system, but the Skype executive said such an app would be "coming out soon."

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KingCrimson said,
Is this a joke? You'd figure that Microsoft has millions of SDEs floating around ready to do real work.

It's a job listing? Even if they do have many people that could possible fit the bill, they still have to know about the job and apply for it. So where's the joke?

They might hire from inside. They want to find someone who's actually interested in and most qualified for the project, rather than saying "hey you there, make Skype for Windows 8"

Palpatine said,
"Skype for Windows Metro" - Why do they call it Windows Metro? Is it going to be the final name for the new Windows?

be kinda funny running "Windows Metro" with Metro disabled lol

wouldn't it be Skype for Windows 8??

Edit.. title was changed. I'm surprised they are going with C#, instead of C++ or C. I personally use C# daily, I just didn't think that MS would use it as a primary language.

firey said,
wouldn't it be Skype for Windows 8??

The JavaScript/HTML posting is for the Windows 8 metro experience.
The other would most likely be portable libraries for the other, Silverlight based Metro platforms.

firey said,
wouldn't it be Skype for Windows 8??

Edit.. title was changed. I'm surprised they are going with C#, instead of C++ or C. I personally use C# daily, I just didn't think that MS would use it as a primary language.

It IS MS's primary language. it's what's used for xbox and wp7. it's their favorite.

dotf said,

The JavaScript/HTML posting is for the Windows 8 metro experience.
The other would most likely be portable libraries for the other, Silverlight based Metro platforms.

I'm assuming they're using javascript / HTML for the UI, and C# for the actual logic libraries. I couldn't imagine trying to build a VOIP client with HTML & Javascript... just seems stupid But they do unfortunately have an unhealthy obsession with promoting HTML & Javascript over XAML & C# for Metro apps (because all those other attempts at web tech based platforms have gone so well...), so they're most definitely going to at least chuck that in for the UI.

And I'm assuming they're using C# over C++ so they can get it out faster. They've a lot of apps to be writing for launch day, I don't think they're too keen on wasting time.

sweatshopking said,

It IS MS's primary language. it's what's used for xbox and wp7. it's their favorite.

it's not used for "xbox" totally, more for XNA games, the primary non-indy dev games are generally written in C