I. M. Wright’s “Hard Code”

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  • Blog Post: Frequently asked questions

    By Eric Brechner Because these columns were originally written for an internal Microsoft audience, readers may have questions about context or other Microsoft-isms. I'll try to answer them here as best I can. Simply add a comment with your question and I'll respond. I've started things off with...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Is Organized

    By Eric Brechner Because these columns were originally written for an internal Microsoft audience, I thought a short peek inside Microsoft and my role would be helpful. Currently, product development at Microsoft is divided into three business divisions, around 25 product lines, over 450 product...
  • Blog Post: About the Author

    I. M. Wright is an alter ego of Eric Brechner. Eric is the development manager for the Xbox.com web site and the Xbox® publishing systems for the web, console, and Windows Phone®. Prior to his current assignment, Eric was director of engineering learning and development for Microsoft Corporation, and...
  • Blog Post: Glossary

    2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 (also known as ratings, the review system, the curve) Microsoft’s old rating system, which was changed in the spring of 2006. Ratings of 2.5 and 3.0 were undesirable. Ratings of 4.0 and 4.5 were highly desirable. A 3.5 rating was readily accepted and the most common. BillG...
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