Ya-Qin Zhang, Microsoft China


I think I mentioned that my team, this year, is supporting strategic dev centers with competitive research and programs (I know…you have no idea what that means). Anyway, I am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, about the 6 development cetners we are going to focus on this year. Of course, our development center in Beijing is one of them.


The Seattle Times did this story on Ya-Qin Zhang, who leads our China office. I had no idea of his background. At 12 years old, I think I was skateboarding and talking on the phone. He was in college. Anyway, it looks like the Times is doing China-related stories because of the Olympics. I am so excited for the games. First of all, I love the spirit of competition (especially the stories….Dara Torres rocks). Plus it will be interesting to see the changes in Beijing since I was there in 1997. I imagine that they are dramatic, not only in preparation for the Olympics but due to the change in the business/cultural climate as briefly desribed in the article.


So I hope to have more to tell you about our dev centers. I plan on making a trip this year to at least one of them. Right now, my brain hurts from the mental download on 6 new (to me) locations when I have been supporting Redmond for 9 years. Totally excited.

Comments (2)

  1. John Dowdell says:

    Thanks for the pointer, Heather… that’s indeed an inspirational article. Hope you get the chance to visit the new (and old 😉 Beijing soon!

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    Me too….though I think that the Dublin dev center is calling my name. Oh wait, I recognize that voice….it’s the Guinness calling my name. Still deciding which one to visit this year. It;s nice to have choices!