Either Microsoft is always severely understaffed or developers can’t stick around for more than one release cycle. Nevertheless the coolest and most under-appreciated product from Microsoft – Windows Home Server is looking for a software development engineer to work on a couple interesting features for the next major release. And there’s nothing better that recruits the brightest and the best than a job posting that teases like this one posted today.
On the heels of a tremendous reception by customers for version 1 of Windows Home Server, the team just released power pack 1 last week, and is beginning the planning of the next big release. To staff up a rock solid team for delivering the top notch UI for the next release, we are looking for a developer with a strong passion for slick UI. You would be responsible for designing and coding the very visible and highly confidential UI capabilities that we are adding to Windows Home Server. Just to give a couple of examples – Time Machine compete (sp?) UI for backup and restore, Windows Media Center integration UI, Live Mesh integration UI etc.. are three of the top UI deliverables for our next version. Yes, we are positioning ourselves as THE backup and Media Server within the home by this release. We do not take UI lightly and have assembled a team that will bring the concept of ‘servers’ into the home with rave reception by both analysts and consumers.
What’s more interesting is that they’re also looking for someone with “solid working experience in WPF & XAML, WinForms, and Win32” and “Silverlight application development experience is a plus”, indicating there might be some possibility these new user interfaces will be based off Windows Presentation Foundation for both the desktop application and browser management experience.
I don’t know about you but the next version of Windows Home Server is sounding pretty “rave” to me already.
Update: Not exactly sure what they mean by “Time Machine compete UI”. You could either interpret it as a “Time Machine-like UI” for backup and restore or “Time Machine integration UI” so WHS can integrate with Time Machine.
Update 2: From the looks of it what they mean is actually a “Time Machine like” user interface for browsing and restoring backups.