Microsoft announced a job opening in MCS Federal, titled “Senior Consultant” but a more accurate title would be “App Compat Guru”. “You don’t need to be an app compatibility guru yet — there aren’t many in the world. We’ll train you up, but you do need the background to become one,” said Microsoft. Here’s what you get out of the deal: A skillset for which there’s very high demand but very little supply; Be the star who removes main blockers to Windows 7 deployments; Increased knowledge of Windows and IE internals; fawning admiration of managers, peers and customers; Opportunity for abundant frequent flyer miles and hotel reward points.
The job is basically to figure out why apps that’re important to customer and that work on earlier versions of Windows (typically running as admin) no longer work on Win7, and then to get the apps to work correctly without reducing security posture and (typically) without seeing or touching source code.
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