No Hot Jobs this week, but that doesn't mean we have nothing to share. Heather's left for New York and has been busy adding videos to our YouTube channel. Have you been watching? See her first tip below and check out the rest of the videos over on our page.

We also have some highlights from different articles that were published this week, in case you needed any other reasons to love Microsoft (and also, a little love for Seattle):

10 Reasons You Should Love Microsoft (from Business Insider)
From its CEO, to its massively popular operating system, the company does not exude the cool, hip style of Apple. Nor does it exude the wide-eyed optimism or Google.

For these reasons, and others, Microsoft is regularly bashed by the tech-set who drool over Apple and Google.

It's not just the tech scene. Wall Street is cool to Microsoft. After crushing earnings, Microsoft's stock is underperforming the market.

Well instead of piling on, we're going the other way. Of all the major tech companies out there, Microsoft is one of the most successfully diversified, exciting companies going.

It has two major cash cows, but it's also grown 8 billion dollar businesses in the last decade. Does anyone think Google, or even Apple, could do that?


Seattle's Growing Advantage in The Cloud (from Xconomy)
For now, there are only three organizations with the resources and outlook to be cloud providers: Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Two of the three are headquartered in the Seattle area, and the third, Google, has a research presence here. Only Microsoft and Amazon appear interested in supplying cloud services per se, and really are setting the cloud agenda. This leaves Seattle with a planet-wide dominance it enjoys in no other economic area except perhaps global health. Such dominance shouldn’t be taken for granted (see: aerospace), but for now if you want to drive the cloud agenda in research, development, startups, or bizdev, you are going to spend time in Seattle.

[…] For Microsoft, the cloud has computers running Windows and something much like SQL server. The pain of porting existing Windows programs is minimal (or at least minimized), and it might even be practical to dynamically move applications from a local environment into the cloud and back, as demand requires. Furthermore, Microsoft expands the concept of “cloud” to include resources an organization owns and operates, that are shared within that organization only.