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  • Blog Post: Ship It, Ship It Good

    Hello everyone, I thought this would be good time to jump in and introduce myself. I’m the Director of Marketing and Planning for MacBU – a longtime ‘softie and closing in on my first anniversary in the Macintosh Business Unit. Like most of us in MacBU, I’m a long time Mac user – and this will date me...
  • Blog Post: Longest remote home folder test … 600 miles…

    Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but I’ve been quite busy fixing bugs which are either old, new, borrowed and quite far away. In fact some are so far away it takes driving all the way to Burbank, CA to verify the fix. I’ve spent a good number of weeks working on fixing a variety of Remote...
  • Blog Post: Here's to the Crazy Ones

    As many of you know, MacBU celebrated our own 10 year anniversary earlier this year. As you may also be aware, we're also celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Apple "Think Different" advertising campaign which debuted September 28, 1997. You know when you've stumbled into MacBU territory at...
  • Blog Post: Wait, wait, I'm here

    My first blog post, while written by yours truly, wasn't posted by yours truly - my marketing team created an account for me and posted the blog entry so we could make sure it happened in a timely way during the frenzy of my first day. With the initial scramble over, I now have control over my account...
  • Blog Post: power to the programmers

    This week is Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference . WWDC is the world's largest gathering of Apple developers. Here in the Moscone Centre in beautiful downtown San Francisco, there are 5000 developers, plus another 1200 engineers from Apple. The whole week is devoted to Apple helping its developers...
  • Blog Post: Hello from the new General Manager of the Macintosh Business Unit - Craig Eisler

    Hi folks, Wow! I can’t believe I’m actually here - General Manager of Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit. I would not have guessed this is where I would’ve landed when I rejoined Microsoft. But after looking at several great options over the course of the past couple months, I jumped at the Mac BU...
  • Blog Post: ship it!

    Here's a secret of software development. You're never actually done with your software. There's always one more feature to add, one more button to tweak, one more change to make. The end of a cycle is an odd time. Everyone is hard at work. The developers are finishing up their features and fixing...
  • Blog Post: Birthday Gift for MacBU

    Yesterday, as I walked from the dark parking garage to begin my day of work, I remembered that we were celebrating MacBU's 10th anniversary! The clouds were thinning and I looked around to see if perchance, the cloudy weather would abate, even a little bit for our big party. As I looked up I saw this...
  • Blog Post: Confessions of a Mac Switcher at Microsoft

    Hi. My name is Blair and I'm a switcher. I guess it all started around OS X. I'd been working in a Linux shop for a little while. On DOS and Windows before that. I was already hooked on the command line, but couldn't find a windowing environment that kept me satisfied. That's when a friend of mine...
  • Blog Post: Introducing a “certain je-ne-sais-quoi”

    A new year, a new blogger! Today’s post is all about me! I’m taking the plunge in the Mojo so let me introduce myself! I’m Eric Paquin, International Project Manager and totally new to the art of blogging (please be patient)! So, what can I bring to the Mojo? I’ll focus on the international perspective...
  • Blog Post: A day in the life, usability edition

    A few weeks ago, Brad told us what a day in his life is like . Inspired by Brad, here's a day in the life of a user experience researcher. My days are highly variable, depending on whether I'm doing a usability study or not, so I'm not sure if this description is typical of one of my days, let alone...
  • Blog Post: Living complexity

    Brad's Carl Sagan-style post on code size stirs up some familiar questions about complexity management here at MacBU. With every release of Office, we remove, rewrite and add new code. Often we can remove significant amounts of code without losing functionality – say, remove use of a custom HTML renderer...
  • Blog Post: It's all in the numbers ...

    A friend of mine and I were shooting the ... breeze (freaking ‘G' ratings for blogs) and he was asking me when the next version of Office was coming out. Now being the wise Microsoft spin doctor that I am, and having spent numerous hours being brainwashed by marketing, p.r. and some guys in black who...
  • Blog Post: A day in my life at the macbu ...

    Fair warning, this is not a description of a typical programmer’s day. I am not a typical programmer, in fact my wife constantly reminds me that my sanity is also questionable, but I do love my job and I live quite far from it … oh and I don’t have any children at home. 6:00 am – wake up, roll...
  • Blog Post: trash talkin'

    October is a pretty fun time to be hanging around the hallways of MacBU SVC. Every October, Microsoft does a company-wide Giving Campaign [1]. In MacBU, we do a few things in conjunction with the Giving Campaign. The highlight of the month is the MacBU bake auction. At the end of the month, we have an...
  • Blog Post: Incremental mojo

    Hello, another introduction for you – my name is Geoff Price, and I’m the Product Unit Manager for MacBU in Redmond. This is MS speak for saying I have responsibility for the core engineering teams here (development, testing, program management and user experience research.) I look forward to contributing...
  • Blog Post: On the power of a small team -or- Why MacBU testing rocks

    Geez, now I have to follow up David's awesomely funny entry about the food alias with my dry post on testing. One of the first classes I took after starting here was called “Testing at Microsoft for New SDETs.” This class was full of about 25 people who had either just started with the company, or...
  • Blog Post: Timidly going where I’ve never gone before…

    Have you read Robert Scoble and Shel Israel ’s book “ naked conversations ”?  In the first chapter,  they talk about the two sides of communication  in companies today:  the bloggers and the folks whose job it is to reduce risk and control the corporate message.  I admit that after spending most of my...
  • Blog Post: Don’t cross the streams … that would be bad

    Venkman I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad?" Egon Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. Ray Total protonic reversal. Venkman Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important...
  • Blog Post: Common misconceptions from a former misconceiver

    My name is Joe LeBlanc, I work on the Excel test team in Redmond. I've previously worked for both Apple and RealNetworks. Glad to be able to blog and see so many Mac users reading about what we're doing! I started at Microsoft in January of this year. Like most people reading this blog, I was an outsider...
  • Blog Post: On being a Macintosh girl at Microsoft

    Macintosh. Microsoft. Macintosh. Microsoft. To a lot of people, it seems like these two shouldn’t go together. But, here we are: the biggest Macintosh development organisation outside of Apple, and yes, we’re at Microsoft. There’s about 180 of us, and all we do is Mac stuff. It’s kinda strange being...
  • Blog Post: 80,000 lines of assembly code, Cold Fusion, a Russian winter and one bad TLB entry ....

    What do these things have in common? They are just some of the few things I have lived through in my 16 years of developing software. In 1990 I graduated college and went to work at Apple Computer. I still have the "Journey Begins" T-Shirt they gave to all new employees. While there I worked on the...
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