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  • Blog Post: Interns -- the intern experience in Office

    We’re actively hiring interns from the college campuses we visit. I wanted to use this as an opportunity to talk about what it is like to be an intern in Office. You can read about the specifics of the intern program on the intern web site: http://www.microsoft.com/college/ip_overview.mspx . You can...
  • Blog Post: Dev (or SDE) at Microsoft

    As we hit the college campuses for the second half of recruiting, it seemed like a good idea to pick up where we left off. Development at Microsoft Let's talk about development at Microsoft and what it is like to be a Software Design Engineer (or SDE as we call them, or just "dev"). My last post...
  • Blog Post: PM at Microsoft

    While at Stanford this week I was asked by a number of PM (program manager) candidates to talk about the PM role at Microsoft. The PM role is unique to Microsoft and was actually created in response to developing software that is more usable and at the same time pushes the state of the art of technology...
  • Blog Post: Where should I work? Global development of Microsoft Office.

    "Are you able to shed any light on how much software development takes places outside of the US? Or indeed, what happens at which Microsoft sites around the world? Why would a new grad come to Seattle to work for Microsoft when he can work for Google in Mountain View, New York City or Zurich?" I would...
  • Blog Post: Yesterday's memories may sparkle and gleam, tomorrow is still but a dream.

    This year just like every year, I am very involved in recruiting students from college campuses to work on our product development teams. I’ve been active in recruiting since I arrived on campus at Microsoft—I think I probably still hold some sort of record for the most interview lunches in a given recruiting...
  • Blog Post: MBA Opportunities at Microsoft

    Before I get started I should point out that I am not an MBA and I don’t play one on TV. The closest I ever came to a business class was when I took Accounting I at the nearby community college in 1990 or so. I’m an engineer through and through. That all changed due to a chance encounter in 1998 when...
  • Blog Post: The path to GM -- some thoughts on becoming a general manager

    The recruiting season is getting underway and shortly we’ll be “at a college near you” looking to connect. I will be at Harvard Business School the first week of October, where I’ll visit some classes and also participate in a career fair. I hope to see some readers there! I met this week with one...
  • Blog Post: Do you have to be a computer science major to work on Microsoft products? NO you don't.

    A potential intern sent me the following question: While my major is computer related, I'm afraid it's not technical enough to assure that I become a competitive candidate. So I'm wondering what you would say are the core technologies candidates should have to be competitive and any other tips...
  • Blog Post: Changing career paths at Microsoft -- short answer

    Today I was talking with an intern who was having a good, but not great, summer working on one of our teams. He felt that perhaps he would be more successful if he was involved with testing more than development. His question was "is this really possible"? It is good question. Since Microsoft is growing...
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