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  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks!

    I like to take the chance to talk directly to the development community as often as I can. I commonly use outlets such as this blog, but sometimes I get the opportunity to speak out loud instead of through my keyboard via sites like Channel9 or .NET Rocks! . I had the chance to talk to Richard Campbell...
  • Blog Post: June 27th, 2008

    Today is an interesting day - at least for those of us at Microsoft. As the world knows, today is the last day for Bill Gates as a full-time employee of Microsoft. I wanted to share some of my thoughts and reflections as we go through today. I have had a fantastic time being a part...
  • Blog Post: Nurturing Incubations

    One of the things that I think about often is how do I cultivate a culture in my team that encourages, empowers and rewards/recognizes incubation efforts. Any technology innovation in its infancy, or early stage R&D work for something that is not necessarily well-defined is what I loosely call an...
  • Blog Post: It is great people that make us successful!

    As we near the end of 2007, I was reflecting back and realizing that this year has been an amazing one for us in Developer Division at Microsoft. We delivered a number of innovations, technologies and products to you. We have released the first version of Expression Studio, the first version of Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: Down the Expression memory lane...

    Last Friday, we reached a major milestone in our quest to win the hearts and minds of creative designers with the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of the first edition of Expression Studio. It has been a very interesting journey so far with a lot of twists and turns. Like always, it is a journey and the...
  • Blog Post: Gender specific or gender neutral?

    I am a big fan of making sure that the work environment (that I am a part of at least) is highly conducive for people from all walks of life to be able to be a part of, do their very best and be successful in the way each of them defines success. As part of this, we recently got together all of the...
  • Blog Post: Strategy + tactics = success

    I was getting ready to speak in front of a large group recently and was looking for something to illustrate the point about how having a good business strategy followed by a great execution capability is critical for any business to be successful. I came across this quote from Sun Tzu, who is considered...
  • Blog Post: What I learn from a hot air balloon story?

    As you can imagine, part of my job is to ensure that we have the right balance of technology and business leadership principles in my division as we drive technology innovation and move the business forward. I came across this story the other day that really pointed out the differences between the two...
  • Blog Post: An afternoon w/Lena Tamizhvanan

    Those of you who are from South India, particularly from the State of Tamil Nadu, will probably know of Mr. Tamizhvanan, who founded the Kalkandu magazine and was a prolific writer in his days. I got a chance to spend a couple of hours with his son, Mr. Lena Tamizhvanan, this past weekend. Mr. Lena is...
  • Blog Post: A lesson from birds

    I spent a day with the leaders in my division recently at an off-site. The focus of that day was not about technology but rather excellence in leadership and how we work together as an effective leadership team. One of the anecdotes that I mentioned there was something I recently read related to migratory...
  • Blog Post: An interesting quote

    Of late, I have been fascinated by quotes and here is one that I came across recently that I really liked. " It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude." - Zig Ziglar Namaste!
  • Blog Post: Summer internship

    As spring gets underway in full form, as the school season is getting over and as the kids start their summer break, as we see more glorious weather in Seattle , one very interesting thing that I personally look forward to is the start of the summer internship season at Microsoft. The teams across...
  • Blog Post: 9 to 5

    When I first heard this name “9 to 5”, the comedy movie from yesteryears was the first thing that came to my mind. Only when I drilled into this, did I realize that this is the name of a program (one of many such programs) that lets us connect with our customers. In this program, a Product Unit...
  • Blog Post: Canadian IT Manager

    I was recently interviewed by the Canadian IT Manager forum on what I thought were some of our current challenges, how we are solving them and some of the lessons we have learnt along the way. It appeared as a 3-part series that you can find here – part1 , part2 and part3 . Namaste!
  • Blog Post: My alma mater

    Recently, I got a chance to visit Anna University in India , my alma mater, where I got my undergraduate degree ages ago. I was returning to the campus after a long time and it was awesome to see the progress that has happened in the University. I was curious about one thing in particular – back when...
  • Blog Post: Thinking "outside-the-box"

    Rumor has it that Charles H. Duell, the U.S. Commissioner of Patents, in 1899 once said "Everything that can be invented has been invented." and recommended that the U.S. patent office be closed down. If true, clearly Charles H. Duell had a problem thinking ‘outside-the-box’. What does it mean to...
  • Blog Post: "Hello, World"

    As I am writing my first blog, I thought that the “hello world” title is apt because like many of the programmers around the world, one of my earlier attempts at programming back in the mid-eighties was writing a “hello world” application using C. Let me take a minute to introduce...
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