Platform Principal Software Engineer - Windows & Devices


On Site
USD 133,600.00 - 256,800.00 per year
Full Time


Microsoft Windows
Artificial intelligence
Operating systems
Computer science
Software architecture
Machine Learning (ML)
Performance analysis
Software engineering
Architectural design
Design documentation
Service operations
System monitoring
Product development
Computer hardware
Microsoft Azure
Cloud computing
Software development
Software deployment
Regulatory Compliance

Job Details

The Windows & Devices team is on a journey to deliver iconic end-to-end products across hardware, software, and services that people love and use every day. A fundamental part of our work is building the next generation of the Windows Platform that integrates the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and Azure into Windows, enabling developers to build the AI-infused experiences people want. Building this platform involves close collaboration with teams from across Microsoft and our hardware ecosystem partners.

The Platform Architecture team in Windows & Devices is looking for a Platform Principal Software Engineer to work on our AI Platform efforts. We are looking for that special blend of engineers who bring their past expertise and experience while embracing the new and unknown. As a Principal Software Engineer, you'll have a key role in shaping the foundations of Windows in a rapidly evolving cloud and AI landscape. Your role involves developing operating system components and frameworks that leverage the power of AI and the scalability of Azure to enable developers to build compelling experiences.

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


Required/Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, or related technical discipline AND 6+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, or Java
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years' experience developing components for Windows, Linux, real time operating systems (RTOS) or similar systems.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, or related technical discipline AND 10+ years software architecture and design experience. with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, or Java
    • OR master's degree in computer science or related technical field AND 8+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C# or Java OR equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with Machine Learning, graphics APIs (such as DirectML, DirectX, Vulkan, or OpenGL), and system level power and performance analysis.
  • Use of workload tracing tools such as GPUView or Windows Performance Analyzer.
  • Ability to quickly ramp up on complex and unfamiliar codebase, and work across multiple teams to drive code quality and performance.

Software Engineering IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

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 .

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.


  • Lead technical discussions with stakeholders to determine user requirements and incorporate continuous feedback.
  • Participate in the architectural design process, including hypothesis testing, code plan refinement, design documentation, and decision-making.
  • Develop maintainable and extensible code, engage in proactive and reactive debugging, review code to meet quality standards, and participate in code reviews to apply best practices.
  • Execute project and release plans, break down work items, conduct experiments for feature testing, support deployment processes, and understand the impact on users and services.
  • Maintain live service operations, act as a Designated Responsible Individual (DRI) for system monitoring, analyze telemetry data, contribute to automation and compliance processes, stay abreast of technological developments, and maintain communication with partners for user-centric product development.
  • Embody our culture and values .