Microsoft to Develop New, Breakthrough, Touch-first, Immersive Apps for Windows 8

Last Updated on Thursday, 7 July 2011 12:19 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 7 July 2011 12:19

Guess what, some of the first new, breakthrough, touch-first, immersive applications for Windows 8 are going to come from Microsoft. Now, I bet you actually saw this coming a mile off, I had, but it’s still pretty nice to get confirmation, isn’t it.

And yes, the all shiny, all new, breakthrough, touch-first, immersive Windows 8 apps will come from the same team developing Windows Live desktop applications right now, since you were asking :P. One thing though, will the be using HTML5 or Microsoft’s old-school technologies? Since there’s talk of immersiveness, my best is on HTML5. And I’d sure love to see some Windows Live Mail and Messenger HTML5 clients!



Software Development Engineer II – Windows Live, Desktop Communications Job

Date: May 22, 2011
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 745658-34568
Division: Windows Division


If you’ve seen the recent news about the next version of Windows, code-named “Windows 8”, you know that it’s a big step forward for the world’s most popular operating system. And you can play a part in building key communications applications for that platform.

We’re the Windows Live Desktop Communications team and we build the Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger applications that hundreds of millions of people around the world use to stay in touch with the people they know. Now we’re building new, breakthrough, touch-first, immersive applications on the Windows 8 platform.

We’re looking for a gifted, experienced software developer to join our team and help define and build the applications that comprise the next generation of personal communications for Windows.


Software Development Engineer II – Windows Live, Digital Memories Job

Date: Jun 14, 2011
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 744332-44000
Division: Windows Division

The next version of Windows, codenamed “Windows 8” (http//, emphasizes touch-first, modern experiences. Want to get involved? Come join the team building photos/videos experiences for the new platform. We believe in shipping fast, fluid, immersive experiences to consumers, enabling them to effortlessly do spectacular things. Past work from this team includes Photo e-mail (, Photo Fuse (, Pano Stitch (, and AutoMovie ( We’re now working on new touch-oriented experiences that will allow the hundreds of millions of consumer photographers/videographers to browse, enjoy and share their memories and stories. We offer an environment where you can channel your creativity towards software innovation, work with world-class software engineers and hone your professional skills to grow your career.


We are seeking a great developer who will help build the next generation of touch-oriented photo/video experiences for consumers. You will be working with an experienced group of developers with a successful track record of building new experiences such as those found in Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Writer. You will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the technical direction for the team.


Candidates must have a proven track record of shipping applications through multiple product cycles, must have experience successfully solving complex user interface problems, and must have solid fundamental computer science skills. Expertise with Trident/MSHTML, HTML5, and JavaScript are critical, and familiarity with COM is greatly beneficial. Exposure to image, video and/or audio processing technology is helpful. Good understanding of algorithms and data structures, and great communication and cross-group skills are essential. A BS/MS in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent, and 2+ years of engineering experience are required.

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