Microsoft working closely with Samsung on next-gen Windows Phone devices

By Tom Warren, on 16th Mar 11 3:05 pm with 20 Comments

Microsoft is working closely with Samsung for its next Windows Phone hardware specifications, WinRumors has learned.

The software giant is seeking to hire a OEM partner planner to help share and define the next generation of Windows Phone 7 handsets. The individual will bridge the Microsoft Windows Phone Engineering, Marketing, Core Product Planning and Chassis Hardware teams with Samsung’s teams as well as aligning hardware roadmaps, software and services development “in sync with mobile industry cadence.”

Microsoft is working closely with Samsung for its next-generation Windows Phone devices, due to ship later this year:

We are looking for an outstanding self-starter who can lead a virtual team and drive the portfolio planning of the next generation of mobile devices running on Microsoft’ Windows Phone 7 with a leading handset manufacturer (Samsung). In this role you’ll be able to take your wireless industry experience to help shape and define the next generation of handsets.

The job posting later describes how the individual will work with Samsung and have direct impact on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 market share as well as Samsung’s handset sales:

  • Jointly develop and manage the planning of the product portfolio and experiences for Windows Phone handsets along with Samsung
  • Identify opportunities in the smartphone market through competitive analysis, segmentation and consumer insights and partner with Samsung to address these market segments
  • Evangelize and influence Samsung’s portfolio to garner a significant and increasing share of design-ins and translate these into design-wins
  • Partner closely with Windows Phone engineering, product planning and hardware chassis teams to develop amazing handsets
  • Conceptualize experiences which build upon Microsoft’ assets and the partners core competency and translate these feature requirements which can be implemented across Samsung’s products
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing and business development teams at Microsoft and Samsung to understand business drivers and leverage these resources to achieve and exceed partner goals
  • Interface with Microsoft’s Mobile Operator teams to gather input and jointly define new end to end scenarios and device solutions that will fill the technical and business opportunities identified
  • Communicate Microsoft mobile roadmaps and influence Samsung’s roadmaps to ensure they align with Microsoft Windows Phone product goals and conform to the mobile industry cadence
  • Drive product/feature requirements, define and prioritize scenarios to help engineering teams in Microsoft and OEM partner make the right investments based on plans that are developed in conjunction with Samsung’s planning teams
  • Host regular meetings to ensure bilateral communication between MCB and Samsung. Communicate deviations in plans and make adjustments to meet the overall objectives

The timing of Microsoft’s job posting comes as the company plans to unveil further details of its big “Mango” Windows Phone platform update, due later this year. “Mango” is believed a point release of Windows Phone and will include some significant changes. Microsoft is planning to share further details on Mango at MIX11 and the future of Windows Phone in May. The software giant is currently hard at work on “Mango”, its next major release of Windows Phone. Microsoft has promised to ship “Mango” later in the year. “Mango”, the codename for what will likely be named Windows Phone 7.5, is currently in the early beta stages at Microsoft. The company revealed a number of new features in February that will ship as part of its Windows Phone point release later this year. Nokia is also reportedly waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before it unveils its first Windows Phone device.

“Mango” currently contains multitasking, Internet Explorer 9 mobile and Twitter integration. Microsoft’s unveiling in Mobile World Congress ties up some of the unknowns with “Mango” but only scrapes the surface of what the release will contain. The emergence of a special developers day confirms that Microsoft plans to share a lot more information on future Windows Phone plans in May. WinRumors spoke to Achim Berg, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Marketing, at Mobile World Congress and he confirmed that the forthcoming changes are part of a platform release. Berg confirmed that the company is currently working on when and how they will unveil more information about “Mango”. Microsoft will unveil further information about the Internet Explorer 9 mobile component at MIX11 in April but Berg says the company will also offer more tid bits after that. Berg hinted that this could be around the May time-frame and that Microsoft didn’t want to unveil too much too soon in case “competitors copied us”.

  • Andrew Rackow

    correct me if im wrong… but wasnt this Nokia’s role?

    • mike g

      Ya, but dont put all your eggs in one basket.

    • Guest

      And Nokia phones aren’t coming until later this year or likely next year.

    • Gho,Danny Wahyudi

      Not When They Pay One Billion Dollar for Nokia Basket

    • Kit Wingate

      I’m sure MSFT had to make some peace with the other OEM’s to keep WP7 interest up all around the market. Hopefully it means some sick phones from more than one company

    • Joe05

      Microsoft has always stated that their deal was non exclusive, the Nokia deal goes farther than any previous OEM has done before. This could be related to the NoDo delays or it simply could be Samsung reacting to the Nokia deal, they want to be more involved in the entire process.

  • Tom Servo

    Finally some good news. Hope this also includes higher spec chassis.

    • GP007

      Higher spec is nice to get more sales and grow WP7 but at the same time I hope the base 1Ghz models we have right now don’t run into problems with future updates because of lower specs.

      I don’t expect this will be a problem though but still hope they take it into account. I’d like to be able to update right up to WP8 next year for example. Hell I’ll pay a small fee if I have to (like what Apple does with the iPod Touch upgrades).

    • Tom Servo

      If the device is tied to the release of Mango, you can practically expect it to be an Exynos dual core with SuperAMOLED+ display.

      I don’t think that Microsoft’s going to abandon older devices that quickly. It remains however to be seen how things unfold on longterm. WP8 will probably still see first gen devices, but if the rumors about pushing Windows NT onto mobile devices (Win8 or beyond) are true, I wouldn’t hold my horses.

      I’d figure if they’re going to draw up new chassis specs right now, they’ll consider WinARM and the Windows Everywhere stuff.

    • Jon Austenaa

      Exynos huh, that is the second fastest SoC today, in both CPU and GPU tests

      My first gen iphone is very slow, i hope the first gen wp7 devices doesn’t get updated like that and become slow too.

  • Faragondk

    Mango will also bring localisation, marketplace access and xbox live access to WP7 in most of the countries missing it now. As it is now, WP7 with full functionality is mostly a US only product.

  • Anonymous

    Being they are working closely with Samsung, I am betting they don’t want another Update Fiasco since Samsung seems to have been the only devices effected.

    • GP007

      Ya, I bet this has come because of the pre-NoDo messup.

  • PG2G

    I was under the understanding that Microsoft had teams working with each of the different OEMs

    • Guest

      Whenever you see a MS job listing like this being mentioned on a blog or media site, they always seem to be 6-12 months stale. Either MS really is slow, which is possible, or they just leave these things up due to H1B requirements or something.

    • Chris

      “…or they just leave these things up due to H1B requirements or something”… bingo.

  • Gho,Danny Wahyudi

    I Hope this not only for America

  • w1ngnut

    LOL, seriously, it’s impressive the amount of information you guys extract from job postings. Amazing!

  • Joe05

    It could be an old posting, you’d think that this kind of thing would already be in place. Then again it could be Samsung reacting to Nokia/Microsoft deal, Nokia is the biggest player worldwide and Samsung may want to better position itself to compete against them.

  • Jon Austenaa

    - “Partner closely with Windows Phone engineering, product planning and hardware chassis teams to develop amazing handsets”

    Amazing handsets, huh? Well then I hope they fix the inacurate colors and bring us highly sensitivy 5MP cameras with HDR a shot option. Real buttons at the bottom with good tactile feedback instead of touch sensitive ones is also on my list. The Super AMOLED RGBG mess also needs fixed. Then I’ll buy :)