Introducing the IE team at the India Development Center (IDC)

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The IE IDC Team

I am Puneet Arora and I’m a Program Manager on the IE team at Microsoft’s India Development Center (IDC).  The team started just 6 months ago and has just the right mix of fresh engineering graduates full of zeal, people with prior experience and some old time Microsoft veterans.  The focus for the IDC team is making IE great for IT professionals.  For IE7 for both Windows XP and Windows Vista, the team has been working on some great features –

  • Group Policy – making more than 100 brand new settings available as policies in IE7.  This work empowers the IT admins to allow them to customize IE7 for enterprise users.

  • Compatibility Logging – when a security feature blocks a behavior, IE7 can be configured to write that failure to a log. Customers can identify issues that they might see due to new IE7 security features.

  • Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) – This will be an opt-in feature which will help us in getting the next level of feedback on how our users actually use our product, without getting any personally identifiable information. It will help us in further improving our features and tracking customer satisfaction.

  • IEAK 7 (Internet Explorer Administration Kit) – IEAK allows deployment, customization & management of IE packages for corporations.

 – Puneet

Comments (54)

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Outsourcing at its best!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good luck…may be one day I will be part of the team; but I prefer Bangalore.

    Your team is from Hyderabad or Bangalore ?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Uuuu, scoop. That one gal over on the bottom right is clearly working on IE8 😛 (cause I’m trusting everyone can count to 7).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Spongy, ever look at one of your own pictures years later only to then find one small thing that you wish you had taken two shots instead of one? With probably a few thousand people in the least reading this blog I’m sure there are problems that could be found in any and all pictures if you try hard enough.

    Not to in any way defend outsourcing but what does Microsoft gain from hiring people in India over hiring people in America? Also at the time of this post no one whatsoever mentioned outsourcing in the IE China team post.

  6. PatriotB says:

    "…has just the right mix of fresh engineering graduates full of zeal, people with prior experience and some old time Microsoft veterans"

    I’m curious, how many fresh engineering graduates does the Redmond IE team have? Any?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Geez guys can we get over the employment thing here – you are aware that big multi-nationals companies do tend to have staff and facilities in more than one country, hence the term multi-national – and actually get to providing some genuine feedback on what has been written here? Thank you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Please can we have the ability to block file downloads, customisable for each zone, in group policy by:

    Detected MIME

    File Extension

    Request MIME

    Reply MIME

  9. Anonymous says:

    Redmond IE has at least 5 new grads that I know of.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why use 4 different ways to determine which filetype to block for downloading. One seems enough. The thing that matters is what people actualy can’t download. IE might use a combination of ways to determine that but that is not very relevent as an option setting.

    Why would you have different settings on those 4 options to block downloading.

    What I would like is some predifined roles that you can use in stead of just deafault settings. If you have to manage more than 100 settings it would be easier if you have a choice of roles which determine most or even all settings.

  11. Anonymous says:

    IE7 = Seven more years of being behind in web standards.

  12. Anonymous says:

    US developers don’t worry, you can get jobs at McDonald’s any time.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The compatability logging feature is a great idea, and one that’ll make admin’s lives MUCH easier.

    In particular, it should really help when trying to figure out what to add to trusted sites to make some hideously complex and maze-like web app sites (full of frames loading from other servers, JavaScript, and so on) actually work on a machine with a secured copy of IE.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Great to see such an example of markets working. I’ve worked with Indian computer graduates myself, the average level of enthusiasm, maths and general understanding was about the same as the top few students at the British university I attended.

    Besides, all the good USAian computer scientists have moved to Google! The web is where the exciting work is,while browsers are a solved problem thanks to Mozilla, even if not (yet) by MS.

  15. Anonymous says:


    WTF !!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    "Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) – This will be an opt-in feature which will help us in getting the next level of feedback on how our users actually use our product, without getting any personally identifiable information. It will help us in further improving our features and tracking customer satisfaction."

    I know what would be more effective – BUGZILLA. Seriously, how can you improve IE if the users can’t report and track bugs?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Its great to see u guys working on this. Seriously looking forward to seeing a lot more dev work from the IDC team.

    BTW, ignore all the jobless MOFOs with the racist comments about outsourcing.

  18. Anonymous says:

    > By having an IE team located at IDC, we can hire from an <b>incredible local</b> talent pool.

    You said it 🙂

  19. Anonymous says:

    Bugzilla is an awesome idea, much better than the ‘feedback’ link in the help menu (which points to the wrong place apparently, cos the IE feedback team got my email instead of the IE7 team.

    but yeah, bugzilla would be an awesome addition to /all/ microsoft applications.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yes it is at Hyderabad in India.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I guess more than 30% of Microsoft employees are Indian origin. So isn’t it better for Microsoft to go to India and start development centers there to get the same high quality work done there itself, instead of bringing people to Redmond?

    That’s all Microsoft did.

  22. Anonymous says:

    good observation spongy 😀 – good looking gal though

  23. Anonymous says:

    @John A. Bilicki III: Is it really necessary to ask "what does Microsoft gain from hiring people in India over hiring people in America?" It gains an educated, capable workforce at a reduced cost. It’s really not much more complicated than that.

    To the India IE Team, hopefully you don’t take such resentment personally. Just a few years ago, IT in the U.S. seemed like an ever-expanding horizon of opportunity and generous compensation. The dot-com bomb was a painful kick in the groin, and as U.S. IT lay writhing on the ground, outsourcing and offshoring stepped in to land repeated body blows, threatening to make the U.S. IT glide path one of permanent decline.

    Diminishing opportunity, substantially increased competition for desirable jobs, and the lurking fear that almost any position can be exported abroad are unsettling to say the least. And it’s a hard landing from the lofty expectations that led many into IT only a few years ago. That shouldn’t diminish your sense of purpose and value, but it might explain some of the less-than-complimentary responses you may get.

    Though not exactly glamorous, it looks like you have an important role in the development of the next version of IE. I wish you every success, in the hope that 7 will be the best IE yet.

  24. Bruce Morgan [MSFT] says:

    John, these are Microsoft employees working in India, not "outsourcing" as in a 3rd party. By having an IE team located at IDC, we can hire from an incredible local talent pool.

    This isn’t about hiring people in one country over another. Microsoft hires worldwide, not just in Redmond. North America isn’t the only place on earth with great programming talent. That’s why we have development centers in India, China, and Ireland, research centers in India, China, and England, and so forth.

    Primary development of IE is in Redmond, where we’re hiring for quite a few open positions. Check out the Microsoft Career site if you want specifics.

  25. Anonymous says:

    2 uuuuuu……..

    чем тебе индусы-то не угодили? нормальные люди – и мозги есть, и тараканов в них немного;-)

    PS. я тоже не юзаю IE.

    2 IE Team – Hi! Make it better than Opera! 🙂

  26. Anonymous says:

    В мемориз, стоило на РСДН ссылку запостить – и на тебе бобруйск, животные… По поводу индусов – нормальные ребята, гы-гы-гы. Скомандовали им – показать семь на пальцах – и вах, какая фото получилась! гы-гы.

    Кстати, второй справа в верхнем ряду – срочно проверьте личное дело его. Кажется у него неустовные отношения с девушками, – проверьте по комментариям – если коментариев много в коде – значит так и есть! А то иш – рога уже наставил.

    Четвертый справа, в нижнем ряду – сомнительный тип, на фото у него шнурки развязаны – так ходят только линуксоиды! Да и красный огонь в глазах – нехорошо, недосмотрели.

    From Russion with Love.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Who is that man with two left hands?

  28. Anonymous says:

    А девушка в нижнем правом углу, так вообще восемь пальцев показывает, что бы это могло значить ? Она видимо знает что-то, чего не знают остальные

  29. Anonymous says:

    H.A.W.N, you are joking right? I mean come on seriously, I don’t think you could have picked a less relevent topic if you tried. Two left hands? What?

    I’m not kidding, but why don’t people adhere to the simple rule in life, that if you don’t have anything nice or constructive to say, then don’t say anything!

  30. Anonymous says:

    ‘m getting ready to use firefox 🙂

  31. Anonymous says:

    Well, now I know why my IE crashes seven times a day.

  32. Anonymous says:

    What was that joke Leno made when NASA announced layoffs?

    Pretty soon I *will* have a real rocket scientist asking if I want fries with that.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Keep it up team.

    here it is a exclusive forum for IE,

    Be the first to post.


  34. Anonymous says:

    Because you can get a good quality software engineer with 5 years experience for $10K per annum is why. Apart from that, Indian software engineers are just as, but no more, talented and well educated as those in the USA or Europe. Any other explanation is sheer bullshit.

  35. Bruce Morgan [MSFT] says:

    It’s simply not true that you can get a 5 yrs experience engineer for a $10K annual salary.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft is wayyy behind in web-based programs like IE. I dont know the "Authentic" requirement which is "obsessive"ly present now a days in each and everything from MS. I bought a notebook about a month ago with "Authentic" OS and other softwares installed on it. I had tried installing IE 7.0 beta trial version on my notebook but failed repeatedly as the "authenticity" of my OS could not be determined inspite of me providing the necessary details. way to go MS!!! after all, who would you like to cater to and how do u intend to get a feedback?

    Yeah, I should agree that Mozilla and Netscape are gaining popularity while MS is lagging behind.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Well John, you might not be knowing the Business Potential in India for Microsoft or for that matter, any other IT firm. Stop having myopic views on things beyond your comprehension.

    You might not have known the dedication and out-of-the-way commitment, which asians can offer in completion of a given job.

    Microsoft knows that there is a vast business potential in Asia, especially in India and China. Thus it has setup development centers based on its requirements.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Опять потерли? Это у них называется демократией?

  39. Anonymous says:

    а почему нету варианта шесть пальцев на левой + один на правой?

  40. Anonymous says:

    The reality is that IE7 is very good and does a good job living up to the W3C standards and if you look at any tracking sites, Firefox/Mozilla programs are so far behind IE in use that it’s not funny. IE is still 90% of all browsers and you guys really seem to not know how to configure your systems because IE7 doesn’t "crash 7 times a day" if you have it decently configured and know what you’re doing. If you don’t like IE, don’t use it. If you don’t like Windows, use *NIX, but pay close attention to security websites and vulnerability websites because *NIX is very insecure, very holey, very unstable (in general), and is only used by companies because it is cheap. You should also note that Microsoft and many other companies have complained that there is a shortage of good CS people here, so they are going elsewhere. Any CS person who is good can find a job in the US, so if you are complaining about not having a job, why don’t you learn your trade…

  41. Anonymous says:

    Indusi jgut:)

  42. Anonymous says:

    >NIX is very insecure, very holey, very unstable (in general), and is only used by companies because it is cheap

    Ааааа…. бляблябля!!!

    James! are you crazy? IE is only bigest bag.

    M$ soon dies. Vista made with big haemorrhoid.


  43. Anonymous says:

    I like to make burgers and shakes and I like Indians.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Эти руки никогда не писали багов?

  45. Anonymous says:

    You thing we are going to forgive the mistake of Ie??

    forgive any bug , viruses and crash It caused us?


    drop out that foolish project

    drop out ie

    use lynx

    leave windows

  46. Anonymous says:

    The girl holding up 8 fingers is extremely cute, but she’s not conforming to standards. She’s forgiven, though, since she works on the IE team.

  47. Anonymous says:

    The thing you kids don’t realize is how you’re being exploited by Microsoft.

    You guys are getting paid less than 1/10th what your position pays in the USA.

    That and the fact that Microsoft is THE virus.

  48. Anonymous says:


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