Microsoft Seeks Developers, Chip Makers Need Engineers


Dice News Update: Microsoft wants developers… Chip makers want engineers… China wants more PCs than we do… And now you can get a free app with your caffeine. All on this week’s Update.

A couple of notes from Silicon Valley: Analog chip makers are looking for analog engineers. There’s growing demand for chips that combine analog and digital design. The challenge lies in the fact that creating analog chips requires a lot of training, and a long learning curve. Meantime, even while it moves into a new Menlo Park campus, Facebook is already making plans for a second one. The company currently employs 1,500 people in the area. But in five years it will need space for more than 9,000 employees.

Microsoft Wants WebOS Developers: After HP said its plans for WebOS went up in the air, Microsoft sent out a message seeking WebOS developers for Windows Mobile. The company’s senior director of Windows Phone 7 development, Brandon Watson, tweeted the company will provide what they developers “needto be successful on #WindowsPhone,” including free phones, development tools and training. TechFlash says he got more than 500 responses in less than 24 hours.

China is now the largest market for PCs. Shipments there rose 14 percent — to 18.5 million units — during the second quarter. That’s the first time they’ve surpassed shipments here in the U.S., where they fell 4.8 percent to 17.7 million. Next year will be the first full year where China bests the U.S. While HP is getting out of the PC business, China’s Lenovo Group doubled its quarterly profit. China accounted for 22 percent of the global PC market in shipments, 1 point more than the U.S. It will end with more than 72 million shipments for the year.

Starbucks and Apple have begun offering iOS apps you usually pay for — for free.
It’s what Starbucks calls its “Pick of the Week” promotion, similar to the free song downloads it’s been offering since 2008. It works like this: The next time you get your caffeine fix – or your sugar fix for that matter, if you like the Rice Crispy Trreats — look at the cash register for the “Pick of the Week” card. On the back’s a code to redeem the app in the App Store. Simple. As long as your fingers aren’t shaking from the caffeine. Or the sugar. The first app was Shazam Encore, a music identification app that will normally set you back $5.99.


6 Responses to “Microsoft Seeks Developers, Chip Makers Need Engineers”

  1. I’d take that Brandon Watson with a grain of salt. He makes those offers all over the place but doesn’t follow through.

    My company is very experienced in delivering Silverlight applications, and we contacted Brandon for support/guidance/phones after he reached out for developers on Twitter. He asked me to email him an outline of our plans, which I responded to in great detail. He has never replied to that email, even with a courtesy rejection. Aside from wasting a few hours of our time, he now is also in possession of the ideas we have for upcoming smart phone applications.

    I think all these ‘offers’ and challenges he issues around the place are just marketing hot air.

  2. Companies ruined or almost ruined by imported Indian labor

    Adaptec – Indian CEO Subramanian Sundaresh fired.
    AIG (signed outsourcing deal in 2007 in Europe with Accenture Indian frauds, collapsed in 2009)
    AirBus (Qantas plane plunged 650 feet injuring passengers when its computer system written by India disengaged the auto-pilot).
    Apple – R&D CLOSED in India in 2006.
    Australia’s National Australia Bank (Outsourced jobs to India in 2007, nationwide ATM and account failure in late 2010).
    Bell Labs (Arun Netravalli took over, closed, turned into a shopping mall)
    Boeing Dreamliner ES software (written by HCL, banned by FAA)
    Bristol-Myers-Squibb (Trade Secrets and documents stolen in U.S. by Indian national guest worker)
    Caymas – Startup run by Indian CEO, French director of dev, Chinese tech lead. Closed after 5 years of sucking VC out of America.
    Caterpillar misses earnings a mere 4 months after outsourcing to India, Inc.
    Circuit City – Outsourced all IT to Indian-run IBM and went bankrupt shortly thereafter.
    ComAir crew system run by 100% Indian IT workers caused the 12/25/05 U.S. airport shutdown when they used a short int instead of a long int
    Deloitte – 2010 – this Indian-packed consulting company is being sued under RICO fraud charges by Marin Country, California for a failed solution.
    Dell – call center (closed in India)
    Delta call centers (closed in India)
    Fannie Mae – Hired large numbers of Indians, had to be bailed out. Indian logic bomb creator found guilty.
    GM – Was booming in 2006, signed $300 million outsourcing deal with Wipro that same year, went bankrupt 3 years later
    HP – Got out of the PC hardware business in 2011 and can’t compete with Apple’s tablets. HP was taken over by Indians and Chinese in 2001. So much for ‘Asian’ talent!
    HSBC ATMs (software taken over by Indians, failed in 2006)
    Intel Whitefield processor project (cancelled, Indian staff canned)
    Lehman (Spectramind software bought by Wipro, ruined, trashed by Indian programmers)
    Medicare – Defrauded by Indian national doctor Arun Sharma & wife in the U.S.
    Microsoft – Employs over 35,000 H-1Bs. Stock used to be $100. Today it’s lucky to be over $25. Not to mention that Vista thing.
    MIT Media Lab Asia (canceled)
    MyNines – A startup founded and run by Indian national Apar Kothari went belly up after throwing millions of America’s VC $ down the drain.
    PeopleSoft (Taken over by Indians in 2000, collapsed).
    PepsiCo – Slides from #1 to #3 during Indian CEO Indra Nooyi’ watch.
    Polycom – Former senior executive Sunil Bhalla charged with insider trading.
    Qantas – See AirBus above
    Quark (Alukah Kamar CEO, fired, lost 60% of its customers to Adobe because Indian-written QuarkExpress 6 was a failure)
    Rolls Royce (Sent aircraft engine work to India in 2006, engines delayed for Boeing 787, and failed on at least 2 Quantas planes in 2010, cost Rolls $500m).
    SAP – Same as Deloitte above in 2010.
    Singapore airlines (IT functions taken over in 2009 by TCS, website trashed in August, 2011)
    Skype (Madhu Yarlagadda fired)
    State of Indiana $867 million FAILED IBM project, IBM being sued
    State of Texas failed IBM project.
    Sun Micro (Taken over by Indian and Chinese workers in 2001, collapsed, had to be sold off to Oracle).
    UK’s NHS outsourced numerous jobs including health records to India in mid-2000 resulting in $26 billion over budget.
    Union Bank of California – Cancelled Finacle project run by India’s InfoSys in 2011.
    United – call center (closed in India)
    Victorian Order of Nurses, Canada (Payroll system screwed up by SAP/IBM in mid-2011)
    Virgin Atlantic (software written in India caused cloud IT failure)
    World Bank (Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data).

    I could post the whole list here but I don’t want to crash any servers.

    • James Green

      I could not agree more…Entry level Indians would be hired faster than Americans because they are cheaper, I just experienced this bias. An entry level Indian with only college level software engineering experience was hired over me(someone with over 5 years of proven software engineering experience.) If Dice response they will come-up with a million reasons,except for cheap labor, why this Indian person was hired. It’s time to suspend the H1b programs until unemployment drops down to 5%.