Microsoft pitches for Silverlight Xbox dev

Microsoft is looking to expand its rich-media Silverlight platform onto the Xbox 360, in an apparent bid to increase the options for third-party developers on the device.

Although not officially announced by the company, a job posting on Microsoft's careers site gives a clue as to its intentions. Looking for a software engineer for the Silverlight product, the advert begins: "Silverlight is looking to hire motivated developers with a passion for creating ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting the XBOX. [original emphasis]"

It's a bold move on Microsoft's part in the face of declining interest in Silverlight as HTML5 increases in popularity, and suggests that the company will be pushing its XNA development platform and Silverlight rich-media platform on three tiers: desktop, smartphone, and TV via console.

Interestingly, it's also a move that Microsoft is apparently loathe to telegraph to its competitors. Since the job posting was spotted, the company has quietly edited it to remove all mention of the Xbox platform from the copy. Now, the first paragraph reads: "Silverlight is looking to hire motivated developers with a passion for creating ground breaking multiscreen platform experiences now targeting more devices."

Thankfully, various sites managed to grab a copy of the original advert before Microsoft exercised its powers of revisionism. For comparison, the original wording can be found on the WMPowerUser website, while the modified advert is still live on Microsoft's Careers site.