In 1999, I was busy working on shipping Exchange 2000. Most of the work I did on E2K was related to re-engineering the security subsystem for Exchange – the original security subsystem used a custom ACL model, for Exchange 2000, I converted that to use NT style ACLs. This might have been the hardest technical challenge I’ve faced at work since it involved resolving two relatively incompatible ACL systems.
We also had some seriously epic parties in Exchange – I remember one from around 1999 which involved hot tubs on the patio between the buildings and a torrential downpour – maybe the best ship party ever.
I had a 6 month stint with Exchange from June through November 1999. I was PM'ing unified messaging, writing up UI specs and AD schema. Then all those features were cut, my manager and skip level manager were both out the door and I wound up working for some guy off the street!
I looked around, saw the stock price and asked myself why I was busting my butt for something I'm not all that passionate about. So I retired. On my last day, the Judge in the DOJ trial annonced his "findings of fact". I rolled out of campus and passed TV satellite trucks with reporters standing in front of the Microsoft signage. I wondered how it would affect my stock holdings :-)
I think the answer to your question was "poorly" :). I've tried not to include the bad stuff in this walk down memory lane (the house we were planning that didn't get built, the 2 co-workers who passed on during the last 10 years, etc).
I was there for that launch party. We had the MVP's in town and were doing presentations in the left building. Our presenter had just been christened in the hot tub and was dripping while speaking.