Live Wave 4 and Windows Mobile 7 – Social Networking & Communications Experiences

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2009 03:28 Written by Mire_B Monday, 18 May 2009 03:26

Yes, there will be a Windows Live Wave 4, or at least a Live Wave 4, as Microsoft put it (no word yet on how Kumo, or the Live Search vNext rebranding). Windows Live will continue to be tied with the Windows client, but not only. Since there are Windows 7 releases to go around, Wave 4 will follow a similar path to Wave 3, but beyond the PC, to Windows Mobile 7 phones. Microsoft is planning to drive hard social networking for WM7. Judging by the approximately 1 year gap separating Windows Live Wave 2 from Wave 3, Wave 4 should start rolling late in 2009 or in early 2010. Windows Mobile 7 is not expected until well into 2010.

Microsoft: The Communications Foundations team is the engine room that powers these social experiences – the team builds the connectors and Unified Storage models that power all the social & communications experiences for WM7. The team is at the center of the rich change in how communications is happening, driven by the rapid shifts in social networking – Live wave 4, Facebook, Twitter etc. The team is looking for an experienced developer to drive how we enable exciting, new market-changing scenarios based on top of the Unified Store. You will help architect, design and build capabilities to enable these new end-to-end scenarios, and drive a clear model/view separation in our architecture.

The excerpt comes from a job posting for the position of Software Development Engineer for Windows Mobile. Here is the rest:

The Mobile Devices division is Microsoft’s fastest growing, most cutting edge, and most competitive business. Windows Mobile 7 is a huge, important bet for the company and the team has benefitted from a recent influx of senior talent from around the company. Our users buy Windows Mobile devices to manage all parts of their work and personal lives through the use of phone, email, IM, SMS, calendar, contacts, photo sharing, and access to social networks. “Communications” is the Windows Mobile 7 team that owns that experience end to end from phone to connectivity to Windows Live and Exchange services. Millions of Windows Mobile customers all around the world use what we build in this team every day.

Candidates must have a track record for delivering complete, high-quality design and implementation and have an aptitude for driving features across divisions and groups. Technical passion, cross-group partnership skills, and aptitude for design are the most important competencies. In addition, as this is the core underlying platform technology, you should deal well with ambiguity and have the ability to help define clear goals and keep them in focus. Prior experience with Database technologies and Windows Mobile is not required, but highly desired. This position requires 5 years of experience as a developer driving detailed feature design on a commercial product.

Deliver core platform technology to internal and external partners. Effectively design, schedule, build and deliver on a v1 product and existing products. Collaborate with partners such as Outlook Mobile, Database, Zune, Shell, and OS. Deliver detailed specifications for the technical architecture of the system. Help mentor other members on the Dev team.

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