Songsmith – Creating Hilarious Versions of Classic Songs!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/microsoft/4378323/SongSmith-Flawed-software-produces-comedy-gold.html A new product out of Microsoft Research, Songsmith, offers the ability for aspiring singers to have a computer generate musical accompaniments to make their performance a little more more complete. Instead of using the application to launch their singing careers, a number of YouTube contributors have found a new use for MSRs new app….

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Google Adopts Partner Driven Sales Model for Enterprise Apps

http://blogs.zdnet.com/SAAS/?p=624 This hit the web a couple days ago, and I think it is a big step for Google’s Enterprise App platform. Microsoft uses the same model to sell volume license agreements to our customers. Our partners, which internally we refer to as Large Account Resellers (LARs), are a critical component of our Enterprise sales…

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Inauguration Photosynths

A cool mash-up of all of the Inauguration Photosynths on a Virtual Earth Map of the DC Area. Is it just me, or is Photosynth the most innovative way to aggregate photos in a usable way that adds value to the experience of the images as a whole? http://photosynth.net/inauguration.aspx Thanks to Major Nelson for the heads up…


How do you save a collapsing economy?

CNN Money today had an interesting article exploring some of the options Obama might persue to bolster the weak US economy: http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/20/news/economy/obama_inauguration.fortune/index.htm?postversion=2009012008  The article discusses a wide range of potential programs, from Public Works 2.0 – a direct injection of federal money into infrastructure projects (Roads and Bridges, Utilities, Schools and other Public Buildings) to the second…


Recent Google Restructuring Showing Weakness in the Ad Supported Model?

ZdNet, Ars, and I’m sure several others, are beginning to report on layoffs and restructuring at Google today.   Though layoffs and restructuring are nothing new in this tough economy (even Microsoft is rumored to be considering some of the same, http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1814), I wonder if this recent restructuring at Google proves an underlying weakness in…

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Can I haz relevance?

The trouble with innovation is that while it solves a problem with the status quo in the hopes of making our world a better place, it typically creates a whole new set of issues that require new ideas to solve. Take the invention of the automobile for example – clearly one of the milestone moments…

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The First 48 Hours: Windows Vista vs. Windows 7 Beta

I have spent my first 48 hours with Windows 7 Beta and can say honestly in just about every way, to me, this is a better experience then XP or Vista. I was confident that Steven Sinofsky’s Team would put together a stellar release, but as they say – the proof is really in the pudding.   I…


The MACH Program – What it is and Isn’t

Today I thought I would shed some light on, in my experience, what the MACH Program at Microsoft is and what it isn’t. The program gets a tremendous amount of executive support (offering a number of executive speaking events and engagement for participants) and press inside of the company but finding details about the program outside…

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The Microsoft Sales and Marketing College Hire Interview Experience

There are many blog posts and guides out there about the Microsoft interview experience, but the vast majority of these posts are specific to our technical interviews. I would like to take this opportunity to shed some light on the Sales and Marketing interview track. Though they share some common thematic elements with the technical…

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Hello World!

Hello my name is Francesco Esposito and I am a relatively new hire here at Microsoft. I am a recent addition to the MACH (Microsoft Academy of College Hires) program. I graduated in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Before joining the company…

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