More Windows Mobile 7 Team jobs

Here’s a little follow up the previous job postings. This time Microsoft is seeking for internal tester for the Windows Mobile 7 browser and search teams:

The Windows Mobile 7 Search team is looking for a strong and experienced Software Development Engineer in Test to join the team developing our next generation of Search for mobile devices. There will be significant cross group interactions with the Bing team, so you should have experience with working cross team on complex engineering initiatives. This position requires a strong passion for testing and a deep technical problem solving skills.

The Windows Mobile 7 Browser team is looking for a strong an experienced software test lead to own the team testing our next generation mobile internet developer tools and the underling document object models supporting those tools. You will be responsible for a team of test engineers building and testing the next generation IE mobile programming interfaces and tools. There will be significant interactions with the Desktop IE team and so you should have experience with working cross team on complex engineering initiatives. This position requires a strong passion for testing and a “love the customer” attitude to deliver a high quality developer tools.

An MSN team job ad also hints at Windows Mobile 7:

You are joining the effort in its early stage. Your job includes defining the vision for the long run as well as the focus for the first deliverable. You own all major aspects of the first version, but you draw on the experience of a solid PM team that has shipped many products on many platforms, and work with a very experienced dev team dedicated to this product. You also drive relationships with partner teams such as Seadragon and Photosynth in Live, Virtual Earth in MSN and various image and voice recognition technology partners in research, as well as teams in MSN and Windows Mobile 7.

WiPC hybrid MiD bundled with Windows Mobile 7

Here’s some interesting info coming from UX Evangelist. I’m still trying to figure out what this so called WiPC is and how it exactly works so I won’t go into details here (!). What’s more interesting is that this thing is supposed to be bundled with Windows Mobile 7 (or WinCE, Android or Linux). Here are some screenshots from the products pdf.


Source: WiPC via UX Evangelist

Windows Mobile 7 is getting close, WiFi chip already compatible

IstartedSomething uncovered 2 nice pieces of Windows Mobile 7 info today. First he found out that Cambridge Silicon Radio’s (the company that merged with GPS chipmaker SIRF last year) UniFi CSR6026/CSR6028 WiFi 802.11n chip is listed as being Windows Mobile 7 compatible here (pdf).


The other nugget come from the University of Waterloo’s student newspaper (pdf) which has an interviewed with Naheed Hirji who worked at Microsoft during winter break on Windows Mobile 7. Here’s what he quote from the interview:

Naheed was employed as a Program Manager, designing Microsoft’s new mobile OS, Windows Mobile 7, for release in 2010. While he couldn’t reveal too much about the project in the works, he explains, “The aim of Windows Mobile 7 is to be a hybrid between business and consumer oriented
phones.” While competitors like Apple’s iPhone were initially consumer-oriented, their recent focus has been on making it enterprise-friendly, using tools such as Microsoft Exchange email. On the other hand, RIM’s BlackBerry is traditionally too business-focused for the average user in their mid-teenage years. Considering that Microsoft targets the entire market, from business users to consumers in the student demographic, the plan is to develop a platform that incorporates the best of both worlds, including all the features today’s generation loves.

Source: Istartedsomething

GPS (turn-by-turn) apps to be banned from the Windows Mobile Marketplace ?

Just like Apple before the OS 3.0 update, Microsoft is not going to allow turn-by-turn application to be sold through the Windows Mobile Marketplace. I can’t figure out why the heck would Microsoft do this (after the fact that Apple no allows such apps) givin’ that one of Windows Mobiles strength has always been the availability of TomTom, Navigon and a truckload of other GPS navigation apps. Hopefully Redmond will lift this ban in the near future. But remember that unlike the iPhone you are not restricted to applictaions sold on the marketplace and can install any app you want.

Here’s pic from an internal document:
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Tiped by LongZheng

Sense UI officially coming to HTC Magic

HTC Magic user rejoice! It looks like HTC has officially announced that the Magic will get the new Sense UI (introduced on the Hero) this october. Here’s what HTC said to Eprice (translated):

In addition, if you bought the Magic before the users do not envy or anger, HTC today also announced that the Magic the previous user, you can in early October to between 10/31 to HTC official website for free download new software, updated to Sense The new interface, we can imagine, in the Magic update, and to narrow the gap between the two has been a big step.

Only the non-google branded HTC magic will be able to get the update due to lincensing issues with Google.

Source: Eprice via Gizmodo

BlackBerry Storm 2 hands-on video

Here’s a 7 minutes long hands-on of RIM’s latest & greatest, the Storm 2. Nothing really knew is shown unfortunately and the OS/Rom version seems to be quite old. Anyway check it out to see how the new SurePress screen works and how the hardware looks like compared to the Onyx & Tour :