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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