One day in graduate school I decided that more school in computer science wasn’t really for me so I sent pulled together my resume and sent it in to the address on a copy of Microsoft Word for the Macintosh. A few weeks later I found myself going through the arduous interview process. And before I knew it I received an offer to be a software design engineer. I accepted.

I wanted to start this blog to share information and views about how Microsoft recruits and hires college graduates, and what a career at Microsoft is like, at least from one perspective. I invite questions, points, and counter-points. I’m excited to use this forum to have a discussion about college hiring at Microsoft. The name TechTalk comes from the series of seminars we do during the summer for interns at Microsoft--one of the most fun times of the year for me is to get to present to this group and learn from them how they feel about the work we're doing and the future of Microsoft.

By way of introduction, my name is Steven Sinofsky and I am a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group. You can read my "official" bio on http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/ssinofsky. I’ve worked on Microsoft Office since Office 4.2d (the last 16 bit release). I’ve been a program manager and a software design engineer, in addition to a general manager.

I was hired by Microsoft out of graduate school at the University of Massachusetts. Before that I was an undergraduate at Cornell University. I’m a Cornellian through and through as folks I work with will attest to.

This kicks off the TechTalk blog. We’re right in the thick of intern season which is super energizing for me. So check back and I’ll be updating folks on what’s up with college hiring at Microsoft.

--Steven Sinofsky