Detailed Look at Life at Microsoft

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Microsoft has put together an interesting website to give potential job applicants a detailed look at some of our people and widely differing roles they have at Microsoft.  Check out the website “View My World” at http://www.viewmyworld.com .  A couple of my favorites: the video made…

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XBox 360 Halloween Pumpkin Carving

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory I participated in a high school recruiting event at the University of Colorado – Fort Collins on October 31st. In keeping with the Halloween observance, I wore my Halloween shirt and carved a pumpkin that looked like an XBox console.  I got the pattern from XBox…

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Tech Firms and the Economy

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory The following are statements made by some of the leading technology firms.  All four recently reported record growth, and cautiously project continued growth despite economic conditions.  When the .com bubble burst in 2001, Microsoft experienced one of the best sales periods of the decade, and we…

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Financial Crisis May Be Boost for Computer Science/IT Education

By Randy Guthrie, Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Since the .com crash in the year 2001, many students with quantitative skills decided (with a lot of urging from their parents and teachers) against pursuing their heart’s dream of working in the computer field.  According to an article in ComputerWorld by Patrick Thibodeaux and Todd Weiss…

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A Fish Out of Water: 1,300 Women Technologists & 5 Men at the 2008 Grace Hopper Conference

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Relations Manager http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory This past few days (October 1-4, 2008) I have attended the Grace Hopper Conference at Keystone, Colorado with about 50 other Microsoft representatives.  To quote the organization’s website: “The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a series of conferences designed to bring the research…

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New Suite of Windows Live Services Available Today: Free applications that turn your browser into a powerhouse.

Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory The Windows Live team announced today the release a new versions of web applications that gives anyone (using any kind of computer) some really useful tools.  Here is an overview of what is now available: Live Messenger:  With this release, Messenger has been complete redesigned. This well…

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Lenovo ThinkPad: The Best Notebook for Windows Vista?

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory Windows Vista was released almost two years ago, and public acceptance has been very weak.  Partially because of some disruptive advertising by Apple, and some of it because there are a lot of old computers out there that run Windows XP just fine.  In fact,…

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A Visit to Microsoft Japan

by Randy Guthrie – Microsoft Academic Relations Manager http://blogs.msdn.com/MIS_Laboratory A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Japan to participate in a .NET seminar for professional software developers being held in Kamakura, which is about 50 miles south of Tokyo.  While there I had a free day to tour around a…

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New Web Browsers: Microsoft IE 8 and Google Chrome

This past week Microsoft and Google have released beta versions of their latest browsers.  Many people (like me) are wondering why we need more browsers, and what some of the new features are that would make it worth changing.  Changing browsers is not a trivial, particularly for universities, because web sites that were designed to…

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How to Get a Job at Microsoft Part 1: Preparation

Microsoft currently has over 18,000 unfilled positions world wide, with most of those in the United States.  While the demand for great people is obvious, getting noticed from among hundreds of thousands of other applicant can make the hiring process seem more like buying an Irish Sweepstakes ticket.  This is the first in a multi-part…

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