Microsoft recruiting for post-Windows Phone 8 mobile OS with a touch of Kinect

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Microsoft has started posting job ads for the next version of Windows Phone after Windows Phone 8.

The work is seemingly still in the planning stages, with this ad saying:

We are a team within the Application Foundation team in Windows Phone whose purpose is to define the next generation Windows Phone application model and delight developers with multitasking, navigation experience, app integration and cloud connectivity. We are just coming out of the Windows Phone 8 launch and are just starting planning for the next major Windows Phone release. Now is an excellent time to join the team as you will take part in the decision making and design and help us build an even better experience for next generation Windows Phone users and Developers.

The one area of particular focus appears to be gaming, with one ad saying:

Do you want to reshape the way people interact with their mobile phones and devices? Do you want lead a team contributing to the next wave of innovation after Windows Phone 8? Are you ready to hit the ground running and be an early part of the next wave of innovation on Windows Phone, and see it through as the game changer in the industry? Do you want to be a technical and people manager of the ground breaking Native Games platform for Windows Phone? Do you want to work with Game studios in productions of premier game titles and bring them to every Windows Phone near you? Do you want to be part of a small but killer team working in a startup-like environment who brings next generation high performance Native Apps to the Windows Phone?

We are a new team in Windows Phone whose primary goal is to have high performant fast and fluid UI and next generation input and media delivered to the Windows phone developer and end user graphics and gaming platform. With Windows Phone 8, we have made huge strides in having this experience be a delight. Gamers love us for our ease of development & alignment with Windows 8, and application frameworks depend on us to have a high quality underlying media and composition engine.

We want to take this to a whole new level. To build a platform and delight Gamers and Native developers like no one has ever done before.

To build a truly world class super smooth graphics experience we are looking for an experienced and technical leader that can get us there. Someone who has passion for quality and a keen eye for the finer details. Someone who knows how gamers think and code, and address the customer’s needs 1st hand. Who has a proven track record of shipping products which customers and developers adore.

The above excerpt hints strongly at new forms of gaming input, with the most likely technology being some kind of Kinect integration.

Another ad also emphasizes new forms of input, noting:

End Users: Fast, fluid, robust and natural experiences for customers
Developers & Gamers: Familiar Windows aligned, best of breed platform for graphics, composition, input and media

Cross Company: Solid core upon which key framework and shell experiences are built
Do you want to lead a team which makes this happen?

We are a new team in Windows Phone whose primary goal is to have high performant fast and fluid UI and next generation input and media delivered to the Windows phone developer and end user platform.

With Windows Phone 8, we have made huge strides in having this experience be a delight. Gamers love us for our ease of development & alignment with Windows 8, and application frameworks depend on us to have a high quality underlying media and composition engine.

We want to “take it to eleven”. We want to build and innovate on the next generation Input and Gaming Platform.

To build a truly world class super smooth experience we are looking for an experienced and technical leader that can get us there. Someone who has passion for quality and a keen eye for the finer details. Someone who leaves no stone unturned for even the tiniest glitch. Someone who is looking for a challenge in an innovative, highly technical area. Who has a proven track record of shipping products which customers and developers adore.

Maybe the Surface Phone will be the same as the Xbox Surface after all…


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