February 11, 2013
Microsoft To Marry Windows 8 With Windows Phone 8?
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has been working to tie each product line together, from desktop to smartphone and tablet to Xbox.
Now, if a since-removed job posting at Microsoft is to be believed, the Redmond company may soon look to further unite their offerings, allowing smartphone apps to run on their desktops and vice versa.
Found by the folks at WMPowerUser.com, this advertisement was posted as early as last Thursday, February 7, but has since been removed.
“Are you excited about Windows Phone? Are you passionate about delivering the best possible experience to the developer community?” begins the ad, according to a version of the site archived by Google cache.
“Do you wish the code you write for Windows Store apps would just work on the Windows Phone and vice versa? If so, then this is the role for you! We are the team leading the charge to bring much of the WinRT API surface and the .NET Windows Store profile to the Phone.”
Passing over the ardently lazy and technically inept, Microsoft is looking for “highly motivated and technically strong” developers to take on this task of tying together two very different platforms. The winning candidate will also have the opportunity to work on becoming an even better team player.
“You will have an opportunity to sharpen your cross-team collaboration skills by working with many people in the Windows and Phone orgs. You will work closely with your developer and PM counterparts to solve the technical challenges of bringing a platform built for desktops and tablets to the phone form factor.”
The ideal candidate must have a BS or MS in computer science, engineering, or an equivalent field and has strong C/C++/C# coding skills.
The desire to bring merge mobile computing with traditional, desktop computing is a lofty one; At present, the two remain quite different at the code level. According to ZDNet, Microsoft´s top brass insist there´s a considerable amount of overlapping code already between desktop and mobile apps. Some developers, however, claim there´s too much work to be done to port their mobile apps to the desktop and vice versa. From reading the now-removed job posting, it seems Microsoft has an eye to do just this.
It´s also interesting that this posting has since been removed. It could be deduced that someone at Microsoft had an itchy trigger finger and posted this before its time. Or, perhaps, Microsoft quickly found the ideal candidate and no longer wished to offer the job. Either way, WMPowerUser.com claims this sort of across-the-void functionality might arrive with Microsoft´s first feature-pack for Windows 8, codenamed “Blue” and due out this summer. Blue will be the first of many future updates to Windows 8 and beyond. Starting with this first feature pack, Microsoft plans to roll out these updates annually, as opposed to every 2 years or so as they´ve done in the past.
Marrying these two platforms together is a heady task, of course, and it´s entirely likely Microsoft won´t be able to release anything until 2014 at the earliest.