Hi there and welcome to my blog! I'm Kate, your friendly blog writer. I'm relatively new to Microsoft: I just started full time here in October. I was a grad student at the University of Washington, and had a summer internship here this summer. I really like working for Microsoft...I enjoyed my internship so much, and liked the people so much, I just didn't want to do anything else. I have many friends who work or who have worked at Microsoft, and they all love it, so I decided to give it a try. As a result, here I am. I'm on the query optimizer test team in Sql Server. My first project was to test the auto statistics generation for read-only databases or database snapshots. It is currently under code review, but I hope to complete it soon!