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Microsoft recruits for 'top secret' Windows Phone project

updated 10:25 am EDT, Mon July 18, 2011

Microsoft hiring for market-disupting WP7 plans

Microsoft has posted a job listing alluding to plans for what it hopes is a revolutionary Windows Phone feature. A Software Development Engineer in Test would join to handel a "top secret project" inside the team. The company was deliberately secretive as to details but planned to "GO BIG! DISRUPT THE MARKET!" with whatever its plans would be.

The project would be a version-one design with its initial planning done in a month. Its interface will be an important aspect given the importance of making "delighting user experiences." Government and security clearance are unusually important in the role and could imply secure messaging.

While recruiting with vital projects in mind isn't unusual, the amount of attention and claims of a market-shattering product set high expectations. Microsoft has made a big point of its remake of the mobile OS with Windows Phone 7 and is likely keen on maintaining that interest, especially in the light of sluggish sales from a public so far mostly unaware of or uninterested in its current philosophy.

Speculation is that Microsoft may want a secure messagging system akin to BlackBerry Messenger or Apple's iMessage. Windows Live Messenger will be a staple feature of Windows Phone 7's Mango update but is inherently less secure than the encrypted conversations in either BBM or iMessage. Microsoft is known to be hoping to recapture its standing in business phones and might consider secure chat a first step. [via WMPowerUser]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All They Need Now ...

    ... is an iPhone Funeral Director.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    your comment

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It must be something else...

    Messaging? This is a world cracker? Any kind of messaging? If this is really true it must be for the IT boys because no one else will care.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    New feature -- Invisibility

    It would seem as though the prototypes are already out there....

  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So what is the business model

    Apple Stores serve the purpose of providing great presence [aka availability] as well as sales of Apple products. They were and are expected to make money through sales, although I suspect their success has continued to take Apple leadership and the market's breath away. Microsoft sells software licenses, mice, and Xboxes and then sells to hardware OEMs [HP, Dell, Nokia, etc.] So what is their store business model given the huge expenses they will incur. I suspect they are effectively massive marketing effort with little to no prospect of making a profit. Given the lack of sales data from existing stores, this seems like a sure bet. If they were making money or even breaking even, then it would be all over the press. My bet is this a very big and growing bigger black hole for money. Aside from advertising and branding [not to be sneered at], this will be a mega loss leader and will eventually need to be reported to stock holders.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good luck (really)

    WIndows Phone 7 (despite its desperate name) is much better than it gets credit for. It's not even an iPhone copycat like everyone (including me) was expecting. So sure, what the heck, I'll wish 'em luck with this. Their conservatism in Windows and Office is of no help in the mobile area, so they're gonna have to go into the Danger (no pun intended) Zone to make headway.

  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's a time machine

    So Microsoft can go back in time and buy Apple.

  1. loudpedal

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. mbanks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    shaking up the market

    The only thing that Microsoft has the power to do that would shake up the market would be to announce that Windows Phone was replacing the Windows desktop OS.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    MS will disrupt the market for a day or two while everyone laughs at its new phone.

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