Microsoft mistakenly reveals plans for ‘Power Apps’ in new job listing

Microsoft mistakenly reveals plans for “Power Apps” in new job listing

We’re all waiting to hear the news and see the features of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system at the Build conference in a few weeks. While our eyes are on Build 2015 and the future of Windows on PCs and mobile devices, Microsoft has their eyes set much further ahead. With products like Azure, Office 365, OneDrive and some retooling of Windows 10 for IoT, Microsoft is looking towards cloud computing as the next frontier for the software giant.

A mistakenly leaked job posting found by Microsoft journalist and insider Mary Jo Foley reaffirms the belief that Microsoft is looking to lean less on the Windows staple and gamble on the cloud. Microsoft is looking to cultivate a team of developers with the purpose of  generating a new set of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products.

These new cloud-centric offerings are called “Power Apps” in the job listing. The new “Power Apps” are targeted at, you guessed it, business and enterprise customers. Just speculating, but these new “Power Apps” are going to be additions to tie even more value into Azure and making Azure the interconnected micro service platform for the future Microsoft.

Also from the listing we can see specific callouts to make accessing these SaaS applications as easy as possible from mobile devices. The job listing is calling out for “folks with strong mobile experience with Cordova/PhoneGap and Javascript.” This may be a particular call back to the Microsoft Azure App Services that were revealed last month. The new service is concentrating on offering manageable websites, mobile sites, “logic” and API apps that help automate business processes using cloud connectivity.

More details can be found in a copied text version of the job post below.

“Do you want to be at the forefront of mobile first cloud first revolution? Are you interested in building engaging mobile and cloud first apps that make a difference? The Azure AppPlat team is hiring! Our team is chartered to build rich, engaging mobile apps that pull together information from across enterprise and consumer sources and make it easy for Information Workers to build and extend such apps. We are looking specifically for folks with strong mobile experience with Cordova/PhoneGap and Javascript.

“We are a small and agile set of developers trying to bring the full power of the mobile sensors (camera, video, touch, ink, GPS) and cloud (SaaS & PaaS applications) to the enterprise application space. This involves working with a variety of SaaS vendors, connectors and working closely with a design team to build next generation rich UI applications. We operate like a well-funded startup with a constant focus on agility and by helping the Azure business grow customers and revenue. We use the best tools available, release daily, and make data-driven improvements by leveraging A/B tests, user feedback, and analytics.”

While the listing is no longer up, we can glean from it that Microsoft is looking for developers to help expand the future of Microsoft’s offerings with service tacked onto their ever growing cloud business.

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