Microsoft Hiring Up a Storm for Next Generation of Surface

Microsoft made a huge splash earlier this summer with the unveiling of the Surface. Though the tablet is not launching until October, Microsoft is thought to be working on the Surface 2 already. TechRadar cites more than a dozen job advertisements posted on Microsoft's Careers site between June and August in reporting that Redmond is currently hiring up a storm for Surface.

TechRadar says all of the ads mention "fast-paced product development cycles" and being a part of creating "desirable and powerful devices that enable the experiences people want, and elicit their excitement."

"Creating these devices involves a close partnership between hardware and software engineers, designers, and manufacturing," TechRadar cites the ads as saying. "We are currently building the next generation and Surface needs you!"

Microsoft is hiring everything from manufacturing and packaging designers to mechanical engineers. However, it's not exactly clear what products these new hires will be working on. Ads mention "alternative power sources" as well as "passive and active cooling thermal designs that best balance performance, cost, manufacturability, acoustics and reliability," but the listings don't mention tablets specifically, which leads us to wonder what's going on over in Redmond. Does the reference to 'the next generation' of Microsoft Surface refer to more tablets or is Microsoft looking to develop additional lines of Surface products?

So far the Surface name only applies to tablets (and prior to that, massive touch-screen tables), but perhaps we'll see Surface laptops, media players and more in the coming years.

You can check out Microsoft's Surface Team job postings here.

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  • southernshark
    killerclickIt's just a marketing ploy. They always need quality engineers, but they're emphasizing this so they could project their confidence about Surface. Unless they have like 5 million preorders, there's no way they can go all-out on Surface 2. The corporate culture and associated structures simply wouldn't allow it.



    Microsoft has around 50 billion in the bank. It absolutely can go all out if it feels like it.
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  • killerclick
    It's just a marketing ploy. They always need quality engineers, but they're emphasizing this so they could project their confidence about Surface. Unless they have like 5 million preorders, there's no way they can go all-out on Surface 2. The corporate culture and associated structures simply wouldn't allow it.
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  • sp0nger
    I find myself becoming more interested in surface and windows 8 because it would be really sweet to flick documents from my cellphone to my tablet to my desktop
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  • southernshark
    killerclickIt's just a marketing ploy. They always need quality engineers, but they're emphasizing this so they could project their confidence about Surface. Unless they have like 5 million preorders, there's no way they can go all-out on Surface 2. The corporate culture and associated structures simply wouldn't allow it.



    Microsoft has around 50 billion in the bank. It absolutely can go all out if it feels like it.
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