Seahorse Rich Client App, from Microsoft Live Labs, the Unit that Produced Seadragon

Last Updated on Sunday, 9 August 2009 11:50 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 9 August 2009 11:50

A new v1 project is swimming in Microsoft’s Live Labs aquarium, one designed to no less than change the way people think about the Internet. The incubation unit in Redmond driving the company to push the limits of Web 2.0, is working on a rich client application named Seahorse. The moniker was chosen to illustrate the connection with Seadragon, a project that you might already be familiar with. Just to sum it up, Seadragon is at the base of Photosynth, Silverlight Deep Zoom and Seadragon AJAX, the technology that allows Internet users to access Deep Zoom content even in the absence of Silverlight.

Client SDET

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Bellevue
Job ID: 256150 4833
Division: Microsoft Research

Your help can critically impact one of the most revolutionary new products being built at the company: Seahorse. We are a v1 product group within Live Labs – the people that brought you Seadragon (http://livelabs.com/seadragon/>) and Photosynth (http://photosynth.net/>). We typically don’t share much about the Seahorse vision; but we can share the following. As a sister team to Seadragon, the Seahorse vision involves building a new rich client application with deep ties to the web, web-services, Seadragon visualizations, and your client-side documents. We are – in a very real sense – hoping to redefine the way that people think about organizing, visualizing, saving, sharing and consuming large amounts of rich visual data. Succinctly, we hope to change the way people think about the internet.

Our team values creativity, innovation and involvement. Each member of the engineering team contributes to product design in both the user experience and architecture.

We’re looking for a well rounded client application SDET. On our team you’ll be responsible for multiple features end to end which includes: working with the PM and Dev on the feature design, writing a test spec, consulting with the developers to help them write unit tests, writing UI automation, and doing some manual testing. We expect all our testers to be involved in authoring our test infrastructure, as well as be involved in test horizontals such as performance and stability. Our team offers, and expects, a lot of breadth across the application.

To be successful here you’ll need to have experience testing user interfaces (client or web), including both manual and automated testing, and ideally over multiple ship cycles. You must be able to quickly understand feature areas and develop test strategies for them. We’re often working on more than one area at a time, so excellent time management and prioritization skills are required. And because of all the collaboration the team does you’ll need excellent communication skills. Three years of testing experience, as well as a BS in Computer Science, a related field, or equivalent experience, is required. C# experience is a big plus since we use it for all our test automation.

Above all we want someone who has a passion for quality, empathy for users, and has a drive to help shape the project to be the best that it can be.

 

Server SDET

Job Category: Software Engineering: Test
Location: United States, WA, Bellevue
Job ID: 256151 4840
Product: LiveLabs
Division: Corporate Research & Development

Your help can critically impact one of the most revolutionary new products being built at the company: Seahorse. We are a small v1 product group within Live Labs – the people that brought you Seadragon (http://livelabs.com/seadragon/>) and Photosynth (http://photosynth.net/>). We typically don’t share much about the Seahorse vision; but we can share the following. As a sister team to Seadragon, the Seahorse vision involves building a new rich client application with deep ties to the web, web-services, Seadragon visualizations, and your client-side documents. We are – in a very real sense – hoping to redefine the way that people think about organizing, visualizing, saving, sharing and consuming large amounts of rich visual data. Succinctly, we hope to change the way people think about the internet.

Our team values creativity, innovation and involvement. Each member of the engineering team contributes to product design in both the user experience and architecture.

We’re looking for an L61-62 developer in test. Must have technical experience with web frontends and backend, including IIS and SQL, content delivery networks, data acquisition and data center topologies. Performance, load and Stress analysis will be part of the job as well as ensuring functional correctness of several frontend and backed components using both automatic and manual verification. Data correctness is key in this project, experience with automatic verification of data is a plus. Experience on web security (XSS, DDOS, etc.) is also a plus. Shipping experience, coding experience in C# or C/C++, and a strong background in test case design and automation are also required. Should have passion for quality, ability to quickly understand and adopt emerging test methodologies, customer focus, good communication skills and ability to work effectively cross-discipline. 5 or more years experience and a BS/MS in Computer Science or related technical area preferred. If this describes you then I’d love to sit down and disclose more of our hand for this highly visible big bet that we’re embarking upon.


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Microsoft Server Application Virtualization v1 for the Datacenter

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 03:32 Written by Mire_B Monday, 6 April 2009 01:08

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization v1 is a new product heading for the the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and possibly for the Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services. Not that many details available, but version 1 of Server Application Virtualization is designed to be the Application Virtualization for the datacenter.

Server Application Virtualization v1 will be built by the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) team, perhaps an evolution of SoftGrid, just as App-V.

The Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) [is building a] a new v1 product to bring the revolutionary Application Virtualization technology to a new market – the datacenter. Server Application Virtualization will effectively let any application be repackaged as an xcopyable application, making deployment vastly simpler and more reliable,” details extracted from a job posting for the position of Program Manager since  01/08/2009.

 

The entire job posting: “Do you want to be part of a great, growing team that will deliver technology that will change the way Microsoft and the industry deploy and execute software on the Windows platform? Join the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) team and work on a new v1 product to bring the revolutionary Application Virtualization technology to a new market – the datacenter. Server Application Virtualization will effectively let any application be repackaged as an xcopyable application, making deployment vastly simpler and more reliable.

As a Program Manager you will be responsible for identifying and prioritizing the requirements for a multi-year / multi release roadmap, driving adoption of Microsoft best practices for shipping quality products (e.g., TAP, Customer Focused Design, SDL, migration to Microsoft tools), creating functional specifications, and overall ship-cycle for building a quality product that will be sold both independently and as part of a larger “datacenter of the future” strategy.

You should be passionate about technology and should have experience in developing and shipping complex software on time, especially server or platform class products. You should have solid technical background (Windows internals experience is a plus). You need to have solid communications and leadership skills and have a strong business acumen to be successful in this position. Experience with enterprise customer base of Windows, as well as application compatibility, virtualization, or enterprise management software is a plus. Position is based in Cambridge, MA. Some travel will be required.”


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