If you are sitting in the office right considering switching jobs, and you happen to have marketing experience that involves leading development of brand positioning, can demonstrate strength and passion for managing large virtual teams and have eight years of experience, then it is quite possible that Microsoft could be looking for you to help bulk up their marketing department in time for busy eighteen months. It shouldn’t really come as a shock that Microsoft is looking for staff, but it’s the actual content of the job posting that resonates with us and leaves us a little bit excited for the future.
After sitting in the wilderness for a while, Microsoft have recently started to make some moves on a large scale with their tireless work with the up and coming Windows 8 OS, their Surface tablet along with some pretty awesome looking hardware that is designed to allow users to get the most out of the new version of Windows. According to the job posting, Microsoft are looking to "define the course of the company for years to come" through the release of new versions of their most well known and loved products.
The advertisement suggests that the release schedule is set as an incremental push over the next eighteen months and will include new versions of Windows, Microsoft Office and the industry leading Xbox gaming console. The new versions of Windows and Office shouldn’t come as any great surprise, and although we have known for some time about the new Xbox console, we haven’t really had an idea of when the world might be introduced to it.
Previous reports and leaked internal documents led us to believe that 2013 could be the year when Microsoft would make gaming fans ecstatically happy by releasing the purported Xbox 720 console along with a new and feature-rich Kinect sensor, but the eighteen months mention in the job posting could put us in the first quarter of 2014 as a worst case scenario. Microsoft is standing by its own words and have said that if they have something to announce then we – the general public – would be the first to know about it, but the wording in the job posting acts as a teaser, suggesting that new Xbox hardware is definitely coming within the next year and a half.
If you are an unemployed or disgruntled marketing guru then it may be worthwhile getting your application into Microsoft to get the inside scoop on future developments.