There's been talk in the Microsoft camp at moving the Zune from beyond being "just" a handheld player. There's a rumored redesign in the works, with plans to revise the Zune experience from top to bottom. From two recent ads, we can glean a hint of where the Zune is going.
Primary responsibilities include development of innovative user interfaces for delivering a rich, deep interactive media consumption experience in a living room environment. Experience with online services API development is a must, product will provide a rich online media experience delivering music and video from the cloud. A passion for UX and digital media is a must.
Qualifications include a minimum of 3+ years of software development experience in C++ and/or C#. Online services experience. A BS/MS degree or equivalent in Computer Science or related technical disciplines is preferred. The applicant should have strong debugging and object-oriented design skills, demonstrated work experience in the full ship cycle of commercial software products, and the ability to effectively communicate in written form.
Clearly this is intended to bring content into the living room. I think the key phrases are "from the cloud," and streamed media.
Then, to add to the mystery, there is another position posted. This time they are looking for someone to expand the marketplace to the international.
Looks like the Zune team is expanding not only to the living room, but beyond the currrent market of the US and Canada. Let's hope these directions expand the Zune's marketshare as well.
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