Codename “Jupiter” & Codename “Lantern” & also Throw Windows 8 in the Mix

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2009 01:45 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 19 August 2009 01:45

Codename “Jupiter” and Codename “Lantern” are two very hush-hush projects developed in Redmond, and both have something to do with the evolution of Group Policy. It’s unclear what exactly is Microsoft building with Jupiter and Lantern, but I’ll do my best to speculate with the little information I have at my disposal.

And no, I won’t say it! No, I won’t! All right, since you insist, I’ll also throw Windows 8 in the mix. Just know that it’s all your fault, but quite legitimate since Microsoft did mention the next generation of Management solution for Windows. But this is where it gets complicated. I see a connection with Windows 8 Server, but something beyond that, Cloud-related, Windows Azure maybe, certainly configuration management for hosted offerings, not just for on-premise deployments.

There’s work being done on the Configuration Management Workload for the project codename Jupiter. Now Jupiter is a codename that has been used again and again at Microsoft, for products from Windows CE v2.11 and v5.0 to an e-business project developed in the first half of the past decade with Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, Microsoft Content Management Server, and Microsoft Commerce Server.

I’m going out on a limb here but I’m guessing that this codename Jupiter is not related to Windows CE or BizTalk. Instead it’s related to the next generation of Policy Management Solutions under the Online Management Platform and Solutions group (OMPS), and is connected with the next generation policy platform codename Lantern. Now, Latern is not a codename as popular as Jupiter with Microsoft, so there are no confusions here, just the next generation policy platform.

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Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 254205 6432
Division: Server & Tools Business

Looking for a challenge that will allow you to demonstrate and grow your problem solving and development skills, then Group Policy Team is the team to satisfy your passion. Group Policy is the central (and the most deployed!) piece in Microsoft’s strategy to provide configuration management for Microsoft products and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for our customers. Our team is chartered with building the next generation of Management solution for Microsoft Windows to enable the vision of Software as a Service (SaaS) configuration management capabilities for Microsoft to complement our current on-premise offering.

Our team is hiring and we are looking for smart, passionate, motivated developers to work on the Configuration Management Workload for the project codename “Jupiter”. You will be part of a team that is going to design and create the next generation of Policy Management Solutions delivered as a service as part of broader charter of Online Management Platform and Solutions group (OMPS). This is based off the next generation policy platform “Lantern”. You will be doing both infrastructure and solution focused work in this group, and deliver software which has impact to everyone from your friends and family to Microsoft’s largest corporate customers.


Your primary responsibility is to design and implement new features for “Jupiter” which includes infrastruture work and also building the Management workload solution for “Jupiter”. You will be required to work closely with Test, PM and Dev disciplines and collaborate with partner teams on a regular basis.



• A BS or greater degree in Computer Science or related technical field.

• 5+ years experience in software development in C/C++ and/or C#.

• Experience in at least two full product development life cycle on a Windows application or product required.

• A track record of strong performance and technical leadership in previous positions.


• Possess good troubleshooting skills, a demonstrated ability to utilize debugging technologies, and knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system.

• Knowledge of COM/Win32/WMI and/or WPF/Silverlight is a plus.

• Preference will be given to candidates with configuration management experience.