Windows Mobile's update system could be one of the many improvements that Microsoft has in store for Windows Mobile 7.
Ars Technica spotted a job ad on Microsoft's Web page seeking a lead software development engineer to work on a new update system for Windows Mobile. "Do you want to see greater and better quality and cool software delivered to your love ones' Windows phones from just a click?" the ad asks in searching for the right person to lead the Windows Mobile update team.
The process for getting new software onto Windows Mobile handsets could certainly be faster, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted in March. Microsoft has to vet software updates through dozens of handset and carrier partners, and must direct Windows Mobile users to download that software in firmware updates from the carrier, not Microsoft. And then it takes several steps to get new software on the phone.
But with Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile scheduled to get up and running later this year, the company will have one central point of access for new software across all the Windows Mobile handsets in use. It's likely the improved update goal described in the job ad, however, is slated for Windows Mobile 7, which was originally supposed to be out this year but now isn't expected until 2010.
Windows Mobile 7 is expected to contain user-interface improvements and better support for gestures. Windows Mobile has seen few significant changes since the iPhone shook up the mobile computing industry in 2007, and Microsoft has recognized that it needs to move more quickly.