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What I do at Microsoft: It's all about the customer
I was asked yesterday, "what the heck do you do at Microsoft these days?" That was a follow up to a friend seeing a post in Computerworld that I'd missed , which was interesting as I was calling out the importance of numbers in names... as I have one in mine (hence the emoticon, which Gregg Keizer neglected...
10 May 2013
Microsofties: When it comes to Tweeting, be thoughtful
For all you 'softies a reminder: please watch what you tweet and share in the social mediashpere about meetings or any Microsoft event. I posted this about tweeting: remember to be thoughtful. And did this one over the summer… Always nice to catch up on industry news from good folks...
22 Sep 2011
Top 10 little known Microsoft facts
A little fun on the shuttle today, via Twitter... Top 10 little known Microsoft facts: # 10: There is no building 7 , but Devs like to schedule meetings with new PMs there # 9: Xbox was originally "Microsoft Interactive Audio Video Multiformat Entertainment System 2000" ;) # 8: Microsoft...
12 Aug 2011
World IPv6 Day and Windows
Christopher Palmer from the Windows Networking Team has a great post out on some more detail on our support for World IPv6 Day coming June 8... To ensure that these issues are avoided, the Internet is transitioning to the new protocol, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). IPv6 offers a tremendous...
26 May 2011
Satya Nadella: the new president in Microsoft's Server & Tools Business
News today: we have a new president in the Server & Tools Business: Satya Nadella , a respected technical leader here at the company (as noted here: http://bit.ly/i5ovIb ). Satya moved from MBS to the Online Services Division to head up the engineering division there, which includes Bing, MSN and...
9 Feb 2011
Your questions: What the heck are you doing at Microsoft and what is CPE?
I was asked today: "just what are you doing at Microsoft these days? And what is this CPE thing I read about" More of the same actually, as I originally noted here. (As well as this humourous look .) In short, I work with product and services groups across the company to improve satisfaction...
26 Jan 2011
How to sync files like notes and tasks on your Windows Phone 7
As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7 , I also touched on how to sync several files - namely notes. A number of folks asked how to sync notes and files with your new Windows Phone 7. There are different ways to sync files on your phone, depending on the type...
24 Nov 2010
Up for auction: Halo's Master Chief costume for the Microsoft Giving Campaign 2010
The Giving Campaign Auction is in full swing, and I've posted an item in time for Halloween: a kid's Master Chief costume! (folks at Microsoft should search for auction item 3365.) Last year I offered a number of cool items that netted quite a bit for the Giving Campaign. ( http://bit.ly/2Wh2Gw ) This...
18 Oct 2010
When it comes to Tweeting, be thoughtful
As noted in my posts Surviving TechReady 11 in Seattle and from MGX Atlanta 2010... 'Nuff said: Credit goes to hongkiat for the blue bird image. Tags: Microsoft , Atlanta , MGX , travel tips . Bookmark this on Delicious Also available at http://bit.ly/a3oVXH
22 Jul 2010
A few examples of how Microsoft product groups integrate the voice of customers into the development cycle
A couple of years ago, Steve Ballmer talked about in his email to customers how Microsoft can do a better job of serving its customers. One of the ways we did this was through the creation of the Security Development Lifecycle (aka SDL) in 2004, which helps to improve the security, privacy and reliability...
16 Apr 2010
How to organize like Bill Gates, the HP-Microsoft deal, Helping in Haiti and more
Yes, I've been neglecting my blog. Although I have a couple of blog posts in the works (on setting up our Windows 7 home network connected to our Media Center), I have been just too busy with (gasp!) real work. So I obviously need to be better at my organization: helpful that I found this brief article...
14 Jan 2010
Favourite past posts with more on Christmas poems, Bill Gates and buying a new PC
For all of those who are still braving the crowds to finish their holiday shopping, you're in good company, as you'll note at right. I'm off this week but working on a couple of belated posts. In the mean time, here are a few to hold you through the holiday weekend, including my favourite Apologies for...
24 Dec 2009
How to make an impact at Thanksgiving, even if you're not Bill Gates
It's Thanksgiving, and again I am fortunate enough to spend my holiday with my friends and family. In a past post, I noted my posts on being thankful , in particular this one on being thankful , where I noted the Seattle P-I newspaper's slide show on " Words of Thanks ." "What are you most thankful...
26 Nov 2009
Things seen around Microsoft (and perhaps your college campus?): a fractal panda
In the category of the interesting and odd things I see around Microsoft, this is one of the most unique, one that has found its way onto the Internet. It's the fractal panda (or is that Fractal Panda?). It's used by our good folks in Microsoft during various college informational trips. (I noted this...
20 Nov 2009
"I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea." Perhaps, but the look-and-feel of Windows 7 was done in Redmond
Brandon over in Windows (interesting to write it like that, having recently moved from building 26 ) posted here about how we really designed the look-and-feel of Windows 7 , in contrast to a quote in a short interview from a Microsoft employee not involved in designing Windows 7. "I hate to say...
12 Nov 2009
From Windows 7 to working with product groups customer satisfaction
A little more than three years ago as I noted here , I joined the Windows division working in COSD for Jon DeVaan with the rest of his management team (as I initially noted here ) to work on Windows 7. I've certainly enjoyed the run in Windows, this being my second stint: I joined the engineering program...
28 Oct 2009
Gizmodo offers a look at several Windows 7 Launch Parties
Did you have a Windows 7 Launch Party? Gizmodo offers a gallery of photos from several different Windows 7 launch parties although most/all are uncredited with original owners/URLs. This one is certainly my favourite (is it yours?): Note to self: need to post more details of our own launch event. Tags...
25 Oct 2009
Microsoft Giving Campaign: a couple of auction items generating interest arrived today (on Windows 7 GA-Day)
Today really is a great day. Not only have we arrived at the launch of Windows 7 today, I also received in today's mail Adam Koford's LOL Cats "Extra Leafy Edition" and the truly limited edition of the popular TechFlash Geek's Guide to Seattle poster (as seen at http://bit.ly/PAYOM ). Very cool...
22 Oct 2009
Windows 7 available today, Kylie gets a new PC and other musings from GA-Day
Welcome to Windows 7 Release! OK, now you have your copy of Microsoft Windows 7. First, check that your PC will run it with Upgrade Advisor http://bit.ly/rP24L . And if you've got questions about Windows 7, look thru the posts from community experts on the Microsoft Answers site about Windows 7 (in 11...
22 Oct 2009
A couple of choice items benefitting the Microsoft Giving Campaign this year
As I noted in my post yesterday , this year's Microsoft Giving Campaign activities kicked off this month. In addition to the items I mentioned in my previous post, I also posted a couple of special items. (If you don't know about our campaign, see this link for more info: http://bit.ly/1ajgA0 .) Although...
15 Oct 2009
Wonder what's up at the Microsoft Giving Campaign? Here's a look at few auction items generating interest
As I noted here , this year's Microsoft Giving Campaign activities kicked off recently. In support of the charity auction we run, I posted a few items of interest. (If you don't know about our campaign, see this link for more info: http://bit.ly/1ajgA0 .) Although this event and the items are only open...
15 Oct 2009
The Microsoft Giving Campaign kicks off!
For those FTEs who read this blog, a quick note to let you know that I have posted a few items of interest on this year's Microsoft Giving Campaign auction . (If you don't know about our campaign, see this link for more info: http://bit.ly/1ajgA0 .) A couple of very choice items will be posted this week...
5 Oct 2009
A badge of your very own: I'm a PC
Breaking for lunch, and so here's a quick post with a little badge for those interested, given the feedback to my post last week on being a PC among other things. ;) Have you recorded your own clip yet? As noted, I found that Steve Ballmer has. And few insights and comments in response to Rob Pegoraro...
22 Sep 2008
Steve Ballmer has posted his own ‘I am a PC’ video clip
Yes, that’s right: our very own Steve Ballmer is on the Life without walls web site with his own video… Find any more memorable clips? Tags: Steve Ballmer , Windows Vista , Microsoft , video http://tinyurl.com/4osfqg
20 Sep 2008
When your name has a number in it, people assume you might be a computer. Now, I am a PC.
Flash back to Compuserve email to 75435,446, circa 1984: "So, what kind of a name is 'M3'? Are you a PC?" No, I'd answer. Just a guy with an alphanumerical name. That was then. Fast forward to 2008. Now, I guess I am. Of interest is the new area where you can upload your own thing...
19 Sep 2008
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