According to a job posting on Microsoft’s career site, Windows 8 planning and preparation is currently taking place.
The job posting, spotted by enthusiast site CodenameWindows, hints at third-party application updating, updating virtual machines while they’re turned off and delivering full applications, among others.
Microsoft admits in the posting that updating virtual machines whilst they are off “turns out this is pretty hard!.” The job is for a role on the Windows Update Client team, responsible for delivering software updates to over 600 million machines.
SDE II(701629 -External)
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Redmond
Job ID: 701629 7857
Division: Server & Tools Business
This is a great time to join us. Our team owns the Windows Update Client and our code delivers software and updates to over 600 million computers. We just finished up work on Windows 7, and are pushing forth on Windows 8 planning and preparation. There are opportunities to work on a number of hard problems, including third-party application updating, updating virtual machines while they’re turned off (turns out this is pretty hard!), and delivering full applications, among others. To help us charge full steam on these fronts, we are looking for skilled and passionate software engineers.
As part of this team, you will help shape Windows 8. Components of our code include a core agent that runs as an NT service, an API layer and a UI application. We talk to the update servers using web services and we have special protocols in place to deal with the massive scale of the system.
Nice to see that the planning has begun..