Holy cow, I wrote a book!
It is a longstanding prank at Microsoft's main Redmond campus to
send an unsuspecting new employee to building 7
under the pretense of
having a meeting or needing to pick up something.
There is no such building on the main Microsoft campus.
This nonexistent building has also been used as a sort of inside joke.
For example, if somebody invites you to
a meeting in Building 7,
they're probably inviting you off campus to take a break from work.
A few years ago, there was a vacancy in
a small business park a very short walk from
the main Microsoft campus.
(You don't even have to cross the street to get there.)
I thought it would be great if somebody leased the space
and opened a bar called Building 7.
It could have a back room decorated like a Microsoft meeting room,
complete with WiFi and a large monitor.
Then somebody could legitimately invite you to a meeting in Building 7,
and people could use it as a cover story:
"Sorry, I'm going to be working late tonight.
Team meeting in Building 7."
The announcement in February 2006 of
a major expansion of the main Redmond campus
a little map,
and people with way too much time on their hands pored over the unreadably
tiny print on the map and noticed a little 7 printed on the orange
building in the upper right corner.
They quietly fretted that a piece of Microsoft history was vanishing
and that they'll have to come up with a new prank to play on the
In June 2007, pranksters (and people with a nostalgic streak)
breathed a sigh of relief.
real estate department
announced that the new building
tentatively labelled 7
on the map will now be known as Building 37.
In deference to Microsoft tradition,
the name Building 7 has been officially retired.
There will never be a Building 7.