The MSN team has been developing apps for the iPad. In May, MSN launched "Onit," a men's lifestyle app for the iPhone and iPad.
The content-editor CSS app the MSN team is building is an internally-facing iPad app. A software engineer job posting explains how the team is approaching the task of architecting an HTML5/CSS app. One key and telling step: "removing all the Windows dependencies."
Here's the post:
Software Design Engineer, Senior MSN
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: United States, WA, Bellevue
Job ID: 750877
Division: Online Services Division
MSN is one of the largest websites in the world with 470M unique users a month and 650M page views per day. But the applications behind the scenes that content editors use every day need a lot of work. That's where you come in. MSN is making a huge investment in becoming a turnaround story and we need talented web devs who care about the customer and quality to help us make that happen.
Our plan is simple. Develop one state of the art web app that delivers all the functionality an editor needs. We're talking MVC3 with Razor views, jQuery, HTML5 & CSS3. Yeah, we have to deal with the existing apps while we build out the dream app, but we are being smart about it by re-engineering things as we go. A couple of challenges that you can come help us solve are removing all the Windows dependencies so we can enable Mac, Safari and iPad users, enabling ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) so we can authenticate with LiveId and Windows Authentication over the internet, consolidating our existing four Feed management apps into one, implementing true WYSIWYG editing, the list goes on and on. (MJF: links in here are mine)
We are a very high energy team in a collaborative open space environment in Lincoln Square (MJF: That's in Bellevue -- just outside Redmond). We ship once a month and plan in 3 month chunks. The whole team is fairly new to MSN and we are taking a fresh look at everything, so now is a great time to join. We work smart and hard and have a great time doing it. Monthly morale events, weekly team lunches, Kinect competitions and regular Ping Pong matches is our M.O.