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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Do you want to empower customer creativity and productivity in the modern, highly collaborative workplace? Do you have experience optimizing React-based web applications? Do you strive to use real data to drive your performance decisions? If yes, come talk to us on the Whiteboard team.

Microsoft Whiteboard is an intelligent canvas for creative teamwork. Whiteboard runs on any Win10 or iOS device and on the web. It is deeply integrated with Surface Hub and with Teams. Usage has dramatically increased in the last year due to the worldwide transition to remote work and education.

Our team is currently focused on expanding the capabilities of our web offering to enable more collaboration scenarios via Teams. As our usage scales, so do the performance demands of the web client. We are looking for an experienced engineer with a passion for building polished, performant applications. This will require the ability to work closely with a variety of partners across the company, holistically measure the performance of our application, and drive improvements at every level of the stack (service, platform, application).


  • Drive end-to-end performance across multiple devices. This includes aspects such as app load time, responsiveness, and edit latency.

  • Work with business stakeholders and engineers to identify useful performance metrics and establish baseline targets

  • Lead performance investigations and analysis. Communicate the state of performance clearly to a wide audience and partner with other teams to make improvements.

  • Create a welcoming and inclusive space where our team can thrive

  • Represent the team in planning: help to set direction, make people decisions, and set and track goals

  • Optimize for agility, iteration, and learning, and use data to make good decisions

  • Be customer obsessed and excited about empowering customers with new tools to modernize the way they work

  • Collaborate with partner teams to create strong partnerships that help both teams accomplish business goals



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering preferred (such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, IT, etc.) or 4+ years of industry experience

  • 8+ years of Software Development experience

  • 3+ years of team management or tech lead experience with a track record of effectively leading project teams


  • Engineering experience React

  • Experience optimizing consumer-facing web applications

  • Proven success with cross-discipline and cross-team collaboration

  • Professional experience programming in TypeScript and/or Javascript

  • Passionate about shipping secure, accessible, and world-ready applications that allow customers to be more inclusive and productive

  • Experience engaging with customers to determine requirements and iterate on existing features

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to, the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

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. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form ( .

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