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”.