Feeds

Microsoft conceals job ad in Bing homepage

Use Internet Explorer with debug on? You're our kinda guy

The essential guide to IT transformation

Microsoft are looking for a new Bing developer - but you'll need to be pretty smart to apply. Oh, and you can only use Internet Explorer, which rules a fair number of applicants out.

Visitors to the Bing homepage are currently greeted with a weird blue environment of some sort as the background to the search bar. But rich rewards are on offer for the searcher who looks beyond the surface of the blue-and-grey floatyness.

If you're using Internet Explorer and have enabled the browser debug settings*, a small message pops up containing the words: "Do you want to debug this webpage?"

Then, if the you run the IE developer tools console, a clearer message pops up, asking: "Interested in creating Bing.com experiences? Apply today. http://bit.ly/ZZayNx."

Copy and paste the handy bit.ly link into your browser of choice and a job advert comes up, offering the bored lucky surfer a post as a software development engineer with the Bing homepage team.

Hidden Bing developer ad

There it is in all its glory, folks

The advert says:

On Bing Homepage team you’ll be responsible for developing and shipping experiences on Bing.com homepage which is seen by millions of users every single day. We have a rapid development model where we ship code on daily basis. To ensure great user experiences, your work will involve managing dependencies involving designers, backend teams and other partner teams. You need to be passionate about technology, building great user experiences and cross-team collaboration.

At the time of writing the link had had just 36 clicks, so Reg readers wanting to join Steve Ballmer's merry men probably stand a good chance of getting their CVs to the top of the pile.

There aren't as many IE fans as there used to be. According to StatCounter Global Stats, Internet Explorer's market share of the browser market is now at 31.1 per cent, compared to Chrome's 38.1 percent. ®

Bootnote

* For non-IE'ers, like Vulture Central's production desk, go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced, and under the “browsing” heading untick “Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer)”, “Disable script debugging (other)” and “Display a notification about every script error”. Then hit F12 to open the dev tools panel and select “console” to see Redmond's hidden message. Or hit Control-Shift-K in Firefox to open the web console.

But you all knew that already.

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.