Microsoft: Windows Live Wave 4 Needed Yesterday – Yes, Microsoft, We Agree

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 11:20 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 25 November 2009 11:19

Microsoft won’t exactly open up to the world and share the progress done so far with the development process of Windows Live Wave 4. So far the company released some Wave 4 features for Windows Live Hotmail, but in all fairness, the evolution of the Windows Live clients is expected with much more anticipation. At almost a year since the delivery of Wave 3, Microsoft is still keeping mum on Windows Live Wave 4.

And fact is that the company might not exactly be that advanced in terms of development, if information share in a job post published recently can be taken into consideration. Microsoft is talking about coupling a best-in-class standalone Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 4 with the rest of Windows Live (Messenger, Mail, Writer, Movie Maker) and completely changing the game. By Microsoft’s own admittance, it needed to have done this yesterday. I am more than sure that users agree. And there are more users out there such as myself that wanted to already be running pre-release versions of Windows Live Wave 4 clients. But Microsoft is by all means, taking its due time. The waiting game is on, I guess.

Sr Program Manager – Windows – (707068)

Job Category: Software Engineering: Program Management
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 707068 9366
Product: Windows Live
Division: Windows Division

Windows Live Photo Gallery is the must-have photo software for Windows 7. Because we’re due to ship on just about every Windows 7 PC sold, some would say we’re on a roll. But we know better. With the upcoming release of Wave 4 for Windows 7, we’re only just getting started.

We need your help. Come join Windows Live Photo Gallery and help us become the place for organizing, editing, and sharing your digital memories. Windows Live Photo Gallery is the way to take your million and one photos and videos – and easily find, edit, and share that one in a million. We need to couple a best-in-class standalone Photo Gallery with the rest of Windows Live (Messenger, Mail, Writer, Movie Maker and of course the web!) – and in doing so, completely change the game. And of course, we need to do this all yesterday.
Photo Gallery is part of the Digital Memories Experience team (DMX) which also includes Movie Maker and Writer. DMX is focused on helping people make deeper connections with those they care about through media experiences. We want to give you the ability to effortlessly share your memories whether it’s through a slideshow of photos and videos, posting them to the sharing site of your choice, a carefully authored experience (evolution of Movie Maker), or a fully interactive cinematic multimedia experience (a narrated 3D path through a Photosynth that you can control). And we want to make it easy and fun to enjoy your photos and videos, whether that’s on the PC in your office, the Media Center in your living room, the XBox in your entertainment center, or on your mobile device when you’re out and about. DMX is a part of the Windows Live Experience division (WLX/LEX), which also includes Hotmail/Windows Live Mail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Spaces, Writer, Calendar, and Family Safety.

You will help define the overall strategy and featureset for Photo Gallery and drive it through to the finish line. This role requires a strong PM with several product cycles of consumer experience. Successful candidates should have strong strategic thinking, outstanding cross team leadership, and a proven track record of coming up with high quality designs and shipping software. The right candidate for this position has an entrepreneurial streak and functions well as part of a small to medium-sized team. Hundreds of hours playing with Adobe Elements, Picasa, iPhoto, or Windows Photo Gallery is an absolute plus – but passion for digital memories in all forms is a requirement.

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Windows 8 Will Transparently Recover from Failures – Reliability, Security and Privacy to Evolve

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 11:01 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 25 November 2009 11:01

Granted, Windows 7 received little to no complains for its reliability and stability, and the OS still needs to prove its security on the long run, but Microsoft is promising that it will only get better with the evolution to Windows 8. First of all, the trustworthy computing strategy is still on for Windows 8 in respect to pillars such as reliability, security and privacy.

But there’s more. There’s the extending of security and privacy measurements to the level of the entire Windows ecosystem. Windows 8 will be made to recover transparently from failures, and I’ll be honest, I have no idea what this means. And Microsoft will continue to rely on SDL to build Windows platforms.

SDET – Windows – Fundamentals – (708266)

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 708266 9676
Product: Windows
Division: Windows Division

Do you want to be on the cutting edge of detecting the latest security threats in the wild? Are you passionate about improving customers’ perception of Windows reliability and performance? Do you want to help our ISVs better understand how they can make their software more secure and reliable? If so, the Detection, Control, and Measurement (DCM) team is for you! The DCM team is dedicated to improving the reliability, security, performance and privacy of Windows by helping to “Detect” inbox issues, “Control” failures, and “Measure” issues and relaying that information back to Microsoft so action can be taken. Some of the core technologies in this team include Windows Error Reporting clients (WER aka Watson/Kernel Crash), Reliability Analysis Component (RAC), Perftrack, and SQM.

The Windows Fundamentals Reliability, Security and Privacy (ReSP) team will improve the quality of Windows 8 by driving the trustworthy computing pillars of reliability, security and privacy in the Windows operating system. We analyze reliability data from hundreds of millions of machines, making data-driven decisions to improve the ecosystem-meaning Windows itself, other Microsoft products, and our partners such as the OEMs, ODMs, chip makers, ISVs and IHVs. We will extend this to measuring the security and privacy of the ecosystem as well. We believe Windows will transparently recover from failures and will drive scenarios to enable this. We broadly own implementing the SDL process inside Windows, and will extend the SDL concepts to reliability, and possibly other Fundamentals. We have strong technology ownership in support of this mission, including advanced detection, control and reporting components such as the client-side portions of Windows Error Reporting (WER), Software Quality Metrics (SQM), Reliability Analysis Component (RAC), and prevention and recovery technologies such as the WinRE, restart manager, fault-tolerant heap, process reflection, RADAR leak detection, and network hang recovery. We will continue to build on our world-class auto-analysis and expert debugging infrastructure which processes millions of user and kernel mode failures, as well as expanding on tools and test infrastructures such as Longhaul testing, and a Fuzz testing lab infrastructure and expertise for testing protocols across Windows.

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Windows 8 to Come into Focus as Microsoft Heads into Fiscal Year 2011

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 10:34 Written by Mire_B Saturday, 21 November 2009 10:34

When Microsoft said earlier this week that it was a few week into building Internet Explorer 9, it got me thinking. How much will it take for the company to start development on the Windows 8 project? Tomorrow it will be 4 months after the RTM of Windows 7 and Windows Sever 2008 R2.

Multiple details leaked by the company have already made it perfectly clear that Windows 8 planning was kicked off even before Windows 7 was finalized, no matter what Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows and Windows Live Division, is willing to admit officially. But alas, planning is just the first phase of the development process, and it generally means that the coding efforts are yet to begin.

Microsoft won’t say when it will start developing Windows 8, but it did reveal that the Worldwide Partner Group (WPG) will switch its focus on the next gen Windows OS as Fiscal Year 2011 gets closer. Microsoft’s FY2011 starts on July 1st, 2010 and end on June 30th, 2011. So its clear that sometime by mid-2011 Microsoft will start focusing on Windows 8, although when exactly will this happen is hard to tell.

Sr Mgr. Partner Skills Devt(707521 -External)

Job Category:  Operations
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 707521 9522
Division: Microsoft Business Division
Job Title: Sr. Manager, Partner Skills Development – Launch Lead
Group: Worldwide Partner Group (WPG)
Division: Small Medium Solutions and Partners (SMS&P)
Location(s): Redmond, WA

Do you want to work in a group that you know is strategic to Microsoft’s growth plans? Do you want to have impact on a global scale? Come join the Worldwide Partner Group. Partners generate more than 90% of Microsoft’s $40 billion in annual revenue, and at more than 650,000 partners strong, Microsoft has the largest, and best, channel in the industry. Be a part of the team that is driving significant business impact by evolving the Microsoft Partner Program (MSPP) to maximize the leverage of this strategic asset.

Job Purpose/Overview: Do you want to help ready the entire partner ecosystem on all the new Microsoft products and solutions? The Partner Skills Development Team is looking for a senior thought leader and skilled project/product manager to ensure the health of the partner ecosystem through the strategic evolution skills development framework (and its execution) for upcoming Microsoft product launches. For example, in Fy10, the focus will be on Windows Server R2, SQL Server R2, and Wave 14 (Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Exchange 2010) and, as we head into Fy11, the focus will quickly switch to Windows 8. In this role you will lead the execution of partner skills development BOMs – by partner type for the entire partner ecosystem – on a WW basis. This role with interact with and influence individuals from across Microsoft, including individuals within the Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft Learning, SMSGR, the product groups (BGs), Operations, and partner segment teams with SMSG.

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