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  • Blog Post: Microsoft employees are the most social media-savvy in the world

    I saw a tweet from @Microsoft which tells us that Microsoft tops social media use survey . The NetProspex Social Report lists the top 50 most social corporations in America (top 5: us, eBay, Amazon, Disney, and Google) and the Twitter 20 (top 5: us, Raytheon, Analog Devices, Disney, Kodak). I'd...
  • Blog Post: "getting hired by Microsoft sounds pretty sweet"

    I noticed a blog post over at Forbes today: getting hired by Microsoft sounds pretty sweet . He lists our awesome health insurance, membership at local health clubs, and the commuter buses that are available for our Puget Sound employees. He's right: the benefits are pretty sweet. My health insurance...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: don't usability studies violate your NDA?

    In response to my blog post offering up a sneak peak of Outlook:Mac via a usability study , I got a question via twitter: does that violate your NDA? i understood that MS had strict NDA to not show off upcoming software. Sure I'd love to see it. Show me what you've got! :) If it violated...
  • Blog Post: the spiffy new Microsoft blog

    There's a spiffy new Microsoft blog , and this is some of what they have to say about themselves: This official Microsoft Blog aims to cover and add context around the top level news from the company and industry. It is intended to compliment the Microsoft News Center, where you’ll find a steady...
  • Blog Post: Bing app now available for iPhone

    My colleagues over on the Bing team released an iPhone app on Monday. This brings the total number of Microsoft apps currently available for the iPhone to three: there's also the tag reader and Seadragon. I got to see the new Bing app in action before its official release, and the single word that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus is ten years old

    I noticed an article on Internet News today: Microsoft's other campus celebrates year ten . Hey, that's my campus! The article focuses largely on the folks here who work for Microsoft Research, but it skips over plenty of other interesting groups on campus. There's my part of the Macintosh Business...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: What kind of computers do you use in MacBU and Microsoft?

    In response to my open question thread , I got this question: do they force you to use PCs ? if yes what kind of machine do you have ? and what kind of Macs also ? and if not, what about MS employees outside the MacBU ? can they choose to use a Mac (with Entourage of course :-) ) ? ...
  • Blog Post: congratulations to the Office for Windows team

    It's a big day for my colleagues on the Office for Windows team: at PDC 2009, we announced that Office 2010 is now in public beta . For your reading pleasure, here's some links with additional details: The official press release has an interview with Kurt DelBene, the SVP of the Office Business Productivity...
  • Blog Post: one of the things I like about Microsoft

    Microsoft can be a funny place to work, especially as a Mac person. But I do love working here, and I certainly love my little corner of Microsoft. One of the things that I really like about Microsoft is the ready availability of training. Even for me, as someone who isn't in Redmond, there's lots...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Sync now supports Snow Leopard

    My colleagues over on the Windows Live Sync team announced yesterday that Windows Live Sync now supports Snow Leopard . If you're on Snow Leopard, download the new Sync software . Leopard users don't need to do anything.
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh now supports Snow Leopard

    My friends over on the Live Mesh team have a great announcement today: Snow Leopard support now available . Yay!
  • Blog Post: Dennis Liu does it again

    MacBU's friend Dennis Liu did it again with Office 2010: The Movie . Spell check this, baby. The video answers the question of who loved Clippy. Mac fans should remember him for his pretending to work and the 'Again and Again' videos.
  • Blog Post: it's good to have friends in high places

    The Microsoft blog at ZDNet published a story: Former Microsoft MacBU chief now running entertainment client software . That's right: Craig Eisler , the previous General Manager of MacBU, is now a Corporate Vice President. He's in charge of the entertainment client software, which includes Xbox...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Illustrator plug-in for Silverlight now supports native text and symbols

    Mike Swanson has been banging away on his Mac port of his Adobe Illustrator plug-in for Silverlight. On Tuesday, he released a new version that supports native text and symbol support . I haven't tried it out myself (I know, I know), but I've heard some good things from people who have been giving...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft employees gave $87.7 million to charity last year

    One of the things that I love about Microsoft is how it supports charitable giving. Microsoft matches, dollar-for-dollar, any gift that I give to a charitable organisation, up to $12,000 per year. If I give time instead of money, then they also match that: their match is $17 per hour (up to the same...
  • Blog Post: a note about my employer

    As I assume is apparent, I work for Microsoft. I'm mostly happy here. The job ain't perfect, but it's not perfect in ways that I can deal with. While I'm mostly happy working for Microsoft, that doesn't mean that I agree with everything done at Microsoft. There's things I don't like. So, as far...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Illustrator to Silverlight

    If you've wanted to take your Adobe Illustrator files and create Silverlight XAML, now there's hope. Mike Swanson , one of our technology evangelists, created a plug-in that only worked on Illustrator for Windows. He's taken the time to learn Xcode and create a test version of the Illustrator-to-XAML...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: What mouse were you using on the demo machines in the Office:Mac booth?

    In the weeks before Macworld Expo , it's pretty easy to guess what the majority of the questions are going to be in the booth. Last year, since it was our launch year, 90% of the questions asked "when is it available?" and "where can I get it?" Prep was easy. This year, we knew that we'd get a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Roz Ho on leadership

    Longtime MacBU observers will remember Roz Ho . Roz was our General Manager when I first signed on. She left MacBU a couple of years ago to accept a promotion within the company, and is now the Corporate Vice President for Premium Mobile Experiences. The folks over at Channel 9 have an interview with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft mice have Frustration-Free Packaging

    The fine folks over at Amazon have introduced a new initiative: Frustration-Free Packaging. You know the feeling: you buy something in one of those bloody plastic clamshells and can't open the stupid thing. (Pun unintended, but my fingers have ended up bloody after cutting myself on them!) According...
  • Blog Post: Netflix and Silverlight

    Good news for Mac users -- the Netflix "watch now" feature is available for beta testing. Using Microsoft Silverlight , you can get instant access to many Netflix films. I've been playing around with it, and it's pretty cool. I tried it from my rather-less-than-snappy hotel room wifi connection...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Why isn't all of Microsoft's Mac development done by MacBU?

    I got the following question from Aaron: Why isn't all mac software from the MacBU? Do you talk to MS devs who are working on mac software but aren't in the macBU? Silverlight and Expression Media (neé iView Pro) are two Mac apps that don't come from MacBU. Microsoft is expanding its product...
  • Blog Post: hangin' out with the MVPs

    Before joining Microsoft, I hadn't heard of our MVP program . MVP stands for Most Valued Professional. They're people around the world who aren't Microsoft employees but who have become experts in our technologies. They share that expertise freely, and Microsoft recognises them for all that they do to...
  • Blog Post: my cool co-workers

    I've spent some time over the past couple of weeks conducting informal interviews with some internal folks about their app usage. These are folks who gave up an hour of their time in exchange for nothing more than the knowledge that they were helping out a fellow employee. One of my findings from...
  • Blog Post: the giving campaign

    Every October, Microsoft sponsors a Giving Campaign. Employees are encouraged to donate to charities, either with money or by volunteering their time. For many charities, Microsoft matches the donation made by the employee. If you volunteer your time, then the Microsoft match is a cash match, $17 per...
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