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  • Blog Post: Finally Made it to the Top

    A teammate and I were chatting about search ranking and I was telling him about how I am battling it out (maybe battling out is a bit of an exaggeration) with other Mike Walker’s in the world especially the one from the National Enquirer.  I am happy to announce I have done it! After many years...
  • Blog Post: Two New Walker's Join the World

    I am excited to announce a new Microsoft employee product, two new Walker's. On Thursday January 22nd the proud mom and dad (me) delivered two healthy baby boy twins.   As some of you may of noticed, my blogging has dropped significantly over the past two months. My wife (wonder woman) had a really...
  • Blog Post: Updates - Where has Mike been?

    Just wanted to give the readers of my blog a quick personal update. Some of you may of noticed that my postings have been a bit sparse these past few months. Thanks to those who have stuck around... Well the first piece of big news is that my lovely wife is pregnant with twins. Yes, you heard it right...
  • Blog Post: Free Coffee for Bloggers?

    I saw this on MoBuzz TV and I just had to share. The Tampa, Florida based company, Joffrey's Coffee and Tea , is holding a "beta test" for their Jamaican Me Crazy brand of coffee . They are asking 10,000 bloggers to sign up and try their new coffee, for free, hopefully in exchange for buzz...
  • Blog Post: Don't Mess with the Chief

    On my trip to Vegas last week I ran into Master Chief. I guess I said the wrong thing to him because he just snapped. Something about how I could kick his butt on X-Box live, well he had no sense of humor about that... :)
  • Blog Post: How NOT To Use PowerPoint

    This is a bit off topic but I thought it was pretty funny. Since I do a my fair share of public speaking I thought I would share some comedic wisdom with you after this long holiday weekend.
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 First Impressions

    To give you guys a sneak peek at the SP1 build. I just installed Vista SP1 with zero issues. The upgrade process seamless and took approx. an hour. There was only one concern however. My box was waiting for about 20 minutes to shut down. Other than that, all goodness. I have noticed a huge difference...
  • Blog Post: Naked Conversations

    Nope, this post isn't about new styles of communication with your co-workers! This post is kinda of topic but I thought this book was an interesting read. I have had plenty of time to catch-up on my reading from all of the speaking engagements I have been doing over the past few months. So one of the...
  • Blog Post: Sydney Bourne Ultimatum Premiere

    So if you remember from my previous post I mentioned that I met Matt Damon... Well I didn't want to say anything until I actually had the tickets but I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Sydney Premier! Above are the tickets for the premier. I have to give out a big thank you to Matt's assistant...
  • Blog Post: I'm in the Outback!

    Well I've made it to Australia. I was a little worried when my flight was delayed for four hours. From a non-technology perspective I got to meet Matt Damon who was on the same flight as I. He is here for the premier of the Bourne Ultimatum movie. We chatted for a few minutes and seems like a down to...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Strategy Pen

    I got an e-mail from one of my teammates Simon Guest last night. It looks like folks are selling our Architecture Strategy Pens on E-Bay. http://cgi.ebay.com/MICROSOFT-ARCHITECTURE-STRATEGY-PEN-NEW_W0QQitemZ160133062278QQihZ006QQcategoryZ967QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem Even our pens are in high demand... :)...
  • Blog Post: Mega-Compile of Productivity Resources

    I ran across this great compile on ZenHabits blog . Below is a snipit of what you will find there. The Books Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity , by David Allen Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life , by David Allen Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge...
  • Blog Post: Thank you Spain!

    Thank you to the architects and developers at the Microsoft Office Business Applications event today. The interactions during the sessions was great. I enjoyed hearing some of the challenges you have on Office Business Applications platform. Your hospitality and tolerance of my English was much appreciated...
  • Blog Post: London Calling

    It's a slow blogging week that I have been here in England. I arrived in London a week early to meet with some partners. I hopped on another plane after I came back from NYC for the developers conference. Directly after this I will be kicking off the OBA Road Show here in EMEA. So needless to say it...
  • Blog Post: Who needs Software for Time Management Anyways?

    I ran across this and found it was very interesting. Sometimes the simplest approach is the most effective. I really like the use of the different symbols. Click on the link below for the hover-over descriptions. http://www.flickr.com/photos/davegray/145761460/
  • Blog Post: Mike Walker named as "People on the Move" in popular Financial Services Magazine

    If you are a subscriber to Windows in Financial Services Magazine you will find an article introducing me and my role here at Microsoft. Take a look, I'm on Page 8. If you are not a subscriber you can get a free subscription at: http://www.windowsfs.com/subscribe
  • Blog Post: Video: Mike Walker on Financial Services and Microsoft

    Video: Mike Walker Interviewed
  • Blog Post: What are you doing Google?

    So I hoped on Google this morning and I have been getting weird 404 errors on my searches. What are you guys doing over there??? What ever you are doing, stop it!
  • Blog Post: My Group is Hiring!

    If you are an architect and if you want to work here at Microsoft my team the Architecture Strategy Team is Hiring. We need someone that can drive thought leadership for Office Business Applications for the architect and developer community? Do you have the passion and energy to bring the 2007 Office...
  • Blog Post: Traveling With Windows Mobile 6 and Live Search GPS

    Yes, that is a mound of snow taller than me! I was a brave soul this past weekend traveling through the Mid-West Blizzard but I made it back home to rainy Seattle! I had traveled from Northern Ohio through the all the Northern States (IN, IL, WI, MI, ND, MT, ID, WA) in the US till I got to Washington...
  • Blog Post: Getting Windows Mobile 6 Installed Today!

    Today I am getting my phone upgraded from Windows Mobile 5 to Mobile 6. I am pretty excited about it. There are a ton of subtle new features that improve on the user experience of the device. I will let you know how it goes! Here are some useful links for you: A White Paper on the value of Microsoft...
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  • Blog Post: My Media Center Setup

    Some folks on my team were talking about Media Center and I had to chime in. I love my digital media and my Media Center PC. I will be upgrading to Vista Ultimate as soon as all the drivers are out for my equipment. The goal of my media center setup was to consolidate devices and media. I have effectively...
  • Blog Post: New Blog Design

    Happy to report I threw out the default CS theme and created my own!
  • Blog Post: Sick, Sick, Sick

    Well my keynote at NAPFA did not go as planned. I spent all day in bed with food poisoning. I must of ate something that didn't agree with me because I looked a lot like this guy all night! Sorry folks! We will schedule a Web Cast Shortly.
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