Windows 8: More information from employee resumes, portfolios, and job ads

Here is the continuation of the story of Microsoft's next OS, Windows 8, as told by employees and job ads!
Written by Stephen Chapman, Contributor

It's time again for more Windows 8 information based on the job resumes and portfolios of employees, as well as job ads placed by Microsoft itself. As I did previously in the last Windows 8 post I wrotelike this, I've linked directly to the source for each item in quotes below. Some of these mentions are here just for the sake of continuity, but there is certainly some good information to be gleaned from what some of these people are saying. I've done all the leg work, so now it's your turn to have a field day analyzing it all and coming to your own conclusions. In no particular order of importance:

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Member of the Hyper-V test team. Hyper-V is Microsoft's Hypervisor Based Virtualization Platform. It is a component of Windows. Primary duties include ­ 1. Feature testing of Hyper-V SQM components targeted for Windows 8 release using PowerShell, C# and .NET 2. Responsible for the complete test effort for a major new Hyper-V feature in Windows 8, which involves ­ o Test planning, documentation and implementation o Contributing to key decisions related to the feature o Driving an internal self-host program for the feature o Ensuring that the feature passes Windows Application and Device compatibility, performance and other ship gates

Source: Puneet Arora


Focused on increasing reliability of Wireless drivers. Wrote stress tools to encompass true customer scenarios and decreased our driver failure from near 10% in OCA by at over %50. Owned performance for Mobile Broadband (Wireless WAN) coverage for Win8. Developed performance matrix regarding connect times as well as capturing CPU cycle and power consumption of the devices and stack. Implemented tests and drove closure for issues uncovered.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


- Managing day-to-day business of Xbox Live - Managed feature development for Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Worked in business development and spearheaded entertainment partnerships in Tokyo.

Strong: LinkedIn Profile


6) Identified gaps in the WebDAV in Vista and the changes needed to overcome these limitations. Designed and implemented some of these features in Win8 7) Led the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) initiative across Remote File System Team to identify design, servicing, diagnosis and test improvements in the Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Ongoing: WW Operations lead for order management stream of MS Windows 8 release project and responsible for devising globally consistent, scalable operational processes to support the end-to-end product provisioning cycle. In addition to partnering with product engineering, policy, tax & legal groups, also managing key senior stakeholders to deliver the ordering process and system solution.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Worked on Windows 7 (Windows Touch Team) and Windows 8 (Developers Experience Team)

Source: Kelvin Chan


• Apr 2009 - Present Microsoft Windows Clustering and High Availability Team (Cloud Services Division) Designing and implementing failover clustering UI and migration features for Windows 8

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Develop and maintain various versions of MSXML and XMLLite, which are robust, secure, reliable, compliant and high performance XML libraries shipped with Windows platforms (from Windows XP and Windows 8), and provide service packs and QFEs/Hotfixes.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


The Telemetry team is part of Windows Fundamentals. Its mission is to provide Insights to Windows teams and partners to improve the Windows ecosystem and lead to better Windows features. You can learn more about the critical role Windows Telemetry played in Windows 7 and the type of data collected by watching the keynote from Steven Sinofsky from PDC 2009. • Worked with Windows feature and planning teams to bring insights into Windows feature usage through analytics • Evangelized Windows Telemetry through the Windows org… - Led training events for Windows 7 beta and for the Engineering Excellence Forum - Maintained internal Telemetry blog - Led revamp of partner facing site (and designed much of it) - Provided instrumentation and reporting guidance to Windows teams for Windows 7 • Led Dev and QA to build reporting portal and reports for Windows teams using SSRS, SSIS, SharePoint • Provided guidance in reorganization of Windows Telemetry team for Windows 8

Source: Sebastien Fouillade


Helped ship BitLocker Drive Encryption in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Currently working on file backup in Windows 8.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Program Manager for Windows Next and Intel’s current products’ Graphic release drivers. •Develop post-silicon validation test strategies, plans, and schedules; improve methodology and processes. •Execute on the written test plans and procedures. •Monitor progress against schedule; communicate status. •Influence product release decisions with pertinent information. •Work closely with domestic and international teams.

Source: Wilfredo Tabada


- Support Tool and Diagnostics Strategy - Diagnostics Convergence - Microsoft Win8 Support Requirements Lead

Source: Mike Brethauer


Service Ops I in Win8 Test Execution at Microsoft

Source: LinkedIn Profile


3. Wrote and owned the overarching plan for risk-ranked protocol-level security testing in Windows 8, and the long-term strategy and positioning for the further two products beyond, requiring coordination of contributions from dozens of disparate teams as well as external companies. This also necessitated driving improvements to internal tooling to increase participation and quality.

Source: David Christiansen


Delivered numerous updates/minor features during quality milestones for IIS Management features in Windows 8

Source: Brian Delahunty


- Windows Kernel team - Windows 7 and Windows 8 releases - C, C++, Win32, Feature design, Windows drivers, Test automation

Source: LinkedIn Profile


The LEX team owns the Visual Studio Help Viewer that was shipped with Visual Studio 2010. This solution generated considerable excitement inside of MSFT, leading to a joint project with Win Next Client and Server. As the new Test Director shipping v2 of the Help Viewer for Win Next and Dev11 will be a key focus. The LEX team owns the MSDN and TechNet Library experiences. These properties are in an exciting arc of innovation, with the most major redesign in 10 years in progress. The team will continue this momentum as we look forward to the Dev11/Win Next product cycle.

Source: LinkedIn Job Post from Microsoft


I am working as the designer on File Services plugin for Server Manager to be shipped in next verison of Windows Server. File services is one of the most popular role services available on Windows Sever.

Source: Kshitij Gupta


As part of planning for next version of Windows Server our UX Team investigated the UX trends relavant for IT management space over next 3-5 years. I was one of the 4 authors of the paper. I did research about use of Visualizations in IT Management Space.

Source: Kshitij Gupta


Extensive contribution to a wide array of Microsoft Products: WMA9 Lossless (Reversible Transform), Live Messenger (NAT traversal, sharing folder), Live Mesh (NAT traversal), Windows 7 (Teredo NAT traversal), Lync (Bandwidth Estimation & Management, Media Gateway, DiffServ, QoS monitoring), Windows 8 (Remote Desktop, Branch Cache), Windows 8 server (Data Deduplication), Azure (Erasure Coding based Storage), Bing (Global Traffic Management), Xbox Live (Low Delay Message Protocol).

Source: Jin Li


The ServiceOS project aims to address many challenges faced by our Windows Phone platform, post Windows 8 platform, the browser platform, and Office platform.

Source: TechFest 2011 Abstract


Software Design Engineer in Test (Windows Web Services and Content) Implemented strategies to reduce validation costs for an unreleased product to be shipped with Windows 8

Source: Ryan Mascarenhas


1. Feature planning for Remote Access (RAS) and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) components in the next version of Windows based on competitive analysis, market study and customer surveys; design of features for these components 2. Providing leadership for multiple broadly applicable networking feature initiatives for next version of Windows 3. Managed Windows 7 post-RTM servicing of RAS, EAP and DHCP networking components and the transitioning of PM responsibilities to the Windows Servicing team

Source: Aanand Ramachandran


Designed and developed a flagship feature of Hyper-V for upcoming version of Windows Server. Responsibilities included design and developing the feature. Responsibilities: •Design and develop WMI interface and provider for upcoming features in hyper-V server. •Design and develop PowerShell cmdlets for supporting Administration. •Design and developed “Best practice analyzer” for hyper-v using PowerShell scripting.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Managed the development and quality of the Windows Logo Program for all of networking. This includes LAN, WLAN, Wireless Routers, and Mobile Broadband among others. Currently focusing on redisigning device/networking diagnostics for the next version of Windows.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Current projects: * Development for the next version of Windows Server, in the area of server management and deployment.

Source: Matthew Wetmore


In Windows Fundamentals, working on developing the fundementals of the next version of Windows.

Source: John Tafas


Currently, I am working on backup solutions for next version of Windows Server and Client.

Source: Gaurav Gupta


Drove the comprehensive Windows engagement with both AMD and NVIDIA, yielding changes in silicon products to better support the next version of Windows as well as OS changes to enable new silicon capabilities. Served as technical and executive liaison for co-development between silicon partners and the Windows organization. Negotiated support for new OS and silicon features and aligned implementation between Microsoft and the partner.

Source: Matt Tangvald


Currently working in the next version of Windows for Storage & File Systems Team. Also part of the Home and Small Business Server (Admin) group. Responsible for features and bugs in the main server Dashboard application, client side applications, and public SDK.

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Working on the next version of Windows on the SKU team in the Fundamentals area.

Source: David Magnuson


Team lead, responsible for Wi-Fi Innovation projects in next version of Windows. (Most of the projects I have envisioned and defined).

Source: LinkedIn Profile


Created product vision, strategy, and lead a team of around 80 engineers across different divisions at Microsoft building a key security feature for the next version of Windows. Responsibilities include creating the overall project plan and schedule, tracking progress, reporting regularly to senior executives, handling changes, resolving conflicts, and managing risks. This project has successfully completed all milestones so far.

Source: Dan Li


I am currently working on an exciting new contract at Microsoft testing the multi-touch technology developed for Microsoft Surface and cutting edge applications for the next version of the Windows operating system.

Source: Dex Manley


Designed specs and developed prototypes for testing some exciting new components for the next version of Windows. These components span multiple languages and platforms, e.g. C# (.Net), C++ (native Windows), and Javascript (Web).

Source: LinkedIn Profile


And thus wraps up another segment of Windows 8 information extrapolated from profiles, portfolios, job ads, and the far corners of the Web! If there is one thing I've learned through my years of being so wrapped up in Microsoft, it's that I am ever-amazed by the things employees and Microsoft itself are willing to put online in a public venue. I've seen some adverse reactions from people I've included in these types posts (I have been writing these things for quite a long time now), but I can't help but wonder why some people post certain information publicly if they're not supposed to be talking about it in the first place. After all, a little bit of Google Fu is all one needs to be introduced to a treasure trove of information.

Search is unbiased insofar as the information it returns. In other words, it doesn't know confidential information from spam. Because of that, we are allowed to take full advantage of finding the information we seek if we look hard enough. Let these posts serve as an example that if you put information on the Internet, expect people to find it and bring it to the attention of those who might also be interested. Until the next round, friends!

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