Software Engineer

The Windows Compatibility team is looking for an enthusiastic, strong software engineer to join the team to solve compatibility issues for future Windows releases. As a developer on this team, you will have the opportunity to solve challenging compatibility problems for millions of customers. You will be contributing to the design and implementation of compatibility infrastructure components, and have the opportunity to work directly with our internal and external partners to identify, investigate and fix compatibility problems. This is a high impact area, as millions of Windows customers depend your work to be productive! 

One of our teams at Nairobi Africa Development Center is working on exciting projects to help commercial customers assess the compatibility readiness of their Windows Servers’ workloads while migrating to Azure. 

You will work in a rewarding, agile environment that is constantly learning and improving. You will participate in all stages of constructing software: from idea conception to planning, requirements definition, development and testing. Candidates will need to demonstrate deep technical knowledge and development expertise to triage, investigate and fix compatibility issues in a broad variety of leading-edge third party and first party applications. As part of the role, the candidate will need to work closely with other engineering groups, provide partners with feedback, and provide your expertise to influence the roadmap for future product releases.  


  •  A highly functional team environment with many challenging, but tractable problems across different technical domains. 
  •  A strong focus on building not only great products, but also great organizations. We take people development and career growth very seriously. We encourage personal initiatives to grow your skills and improve the team.
  •  A commitment to quality: we are constantly improving our design and engineering through exploration and experimentation. Our engineers are encouraged to apply Windows engineering best practices to all stages of their work (design, Code reviews,Pre Production Environment, unit testing, etc.). 
  •  Customer obsession: we work with our partners directly to solve their compatibility problems. You will have opportunities to engage with our partners and customers to help to improve their Windows experience. 
  • Impact across Windows: Compatibility is a core area with unique opportunities to architect and innovate important work. Compatibility impacts and is impacted by many different teams developing Windows and by new Azure business opportunities.
  • Many deep learning opportunities in Windows Core, Azure and Cloud that will help you build your skill set and serve you well for many years to come. 


  •  A degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience (MS, or BS with 5+ years of experience) 
  •  5+ years developing software using C#, C and C++ (required).
  •  Technical experience in designing, coding, and reviewing robust, scalable, understandable code.
  • Past experience working with Azure and cloud projects is a strong plus.
  • Past experience working in ML/AI projects is welcome but not a requirement.
  • A strong focus on engineering excellence (best practices, design/code reviews, clear and maintainable code).
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills: working closely with both internal partners and external (OEM, ISV and IHV) partners.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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