Microsoft says it’s bringing Silverlight to Xbox in “next wave”

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Nov 10 12:24 am with 2 Comments

Microsoft posted a job posting this week hinting that the next version of Silverlight will be made available on the Xbox.

The job posting, spotted by Pradeep, claims that Microsoft is looking to hire developers to create “ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX.” The posting goes on to describe the responsibility of “delivering features for Silverlight on the XBOX as part of the next wave.” Here is the full unedited job posting, thanks to WMPoweruser:

Silverlight is looking to hire motivated developers with a passion for creating ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX.
Silverlight is a fast paced, fun and winning team that ships yearly and is making serious inroads in the marketplace. It is a cross-browser, cross-platform, developer platform that is based on XAML and already running on Windows, Mac, set-top-boxes and Windows Phones. Numerous industry partners are already using Silverlight to deliver high end and cutting edge internet and mobile experiences to millions of users, including Netflix, NBC Olympics, Seesmic, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Microsoft teams such as Sql reporting services, Office Communicator are already using Silverlight and many more will be in the future.
One of the unique things about our team is how closely we partner with customers to make them successful with our technology – whether it’s one of the thousands of applications developed for Windows Phone 7, social network applications such as Seesmic, or powering the largest premium internet movie service through Netflix. With our next wave of releases we are looking to increase by an order of magnitude our usage, customer base and reach.
As a developer you will be responsible for delivering features for Silverlight on the XBOX as part of the next wave.
Candidates must have 5+ years of professional development experience in C++ and a willingness to work on new operating systems and languages.

Microsoft is due to host a developer event on December 2 where it promises to reveal the future of Silverlight. Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie will be on hand to detail the future roadmap of Silverlight at Microsoft. Several Microsoft employees will also host sessions covering training and performance tips for coding Silverlight applications.

The event, described as “an extra day of PDC, decidated to Silverlight”, will be hosted at Microsoft’s headquarters on December 2, 2010. Microsoft will also stream the sessions over the web for developers worldwide. Guthrie is likely to detail the next version of Silverlight and an expected timeline for a first beta offering. The event will clear up any confusion and worry about the future of Silverlight.

Microsoft’s job posting was quickly updated today to remove the references to any Xbox functionality. Given that the software giant referred to Silverlight on the Xbox as part of the “next wave”, it’s possible that Guthrie will detail this support on December 2.

To register in-person or online please visit Microsoft’s Silverlight Firestarter page.

  • Anonymous

    Really interested what this is, Last time i hear of this… It was Majornelson planning to bring Advertising (using silverlights) to Xbox 360… But the number of comments he got were just out of this world being mad because they want to advertise on a premium service

  • GP007

    The first thing that this brings to mind is the idea of multiscreen games, i.e. the same game on the PC,Xbox and WP7 that then lets you jump between the 3 without losing your progress and so on.

    The other thing that this could do is to bring over apps for the 360 like you get on the phone, that’d be interesting since you have more power and resorces to mess with compared to the phone.