Quotes, Rings and Culture: On Being Unreasonable

I was asked by someone who reads my internal blog to post my note on an article I read just after it was announced that Kevin Turner was joining Microsoft. Part of the article referenced his interest in inspirational quotes which he uses to motivate his teams and in his communications.   Among his reported…

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Start.Com is elegant and nimble

From Scoble’s Blog… Is Jason Fried’s brother and sister working at Microsoft? (Hadi Partovi, what are you thinking?) “Today I found out the truth. You let this thing ship with only two people working on it. With no testers. No document people. No marketing. No PR…. What are you thinking? They are weird animals: they…

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Dogfood and the Crabby Office Lady

Over the last year I’ve met with people all across the product groups looking at the Microsoft customer experience. I see the incredible challenges and efforts we face each day as a company, using our own products as employees and as customers. I’ve been happy to watch MSN Search become more relevant (particularly in my…

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Windows Media Connect 2.0: stronger, better, faster…

I noticed that Sean Alexander said that Windows Media Connect 2.0 has been released – very nice for those with MCE PCs or those thinking about purchasing one, especially when it will work with some of the slickest devices out there including Media Center Extenders, the very slick Roku Soundbridge (created by the equally bright Anthony Wood,…

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Phishing: don’t get caught by screen scrapers

Last week in an EWeek article on phishing, it was noted that screen scraping attacks are becoming more common in scammer’s schemes to subvert sophisticated security systems. (Say that five times fast.) MSN has a page with more info on battling phishing. In Canada, screen scraping is what we do to the front storm door after a major…

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Clipster now live on Channel 9

I spoke with Jeff Sandquist (http://www.jeffsandquist.com/) last week on Channel 9 and some of the new features. Yesterday I saw that Channel 9 launched Clipster, which introduces personal video recorder for video blogs on Channel 9, allowing users to define the most interesting points of the videos uploaded to the site and compile their own videos….

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About me…

I’m M3 Sweatt, at Microsoft since 2001, lured to the shiny object that was previously known as the Entertainment and Devices division in Mountain View, CA. I then moved to Redmond in 2003 to join the Windows Client group. In 2010, I moved into my current role (Partner, Program Management, Customer & Partner Experience) working with our…

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Waveland Express departing…

Although I use this space as a look at customer and partner satisfaction, a quick “good luck” to Sara and her husband on their way to Waveland. I heard from several people at the office that her bake sale was a success. Here’s more info about her quest to Waveland and how to support their effort….

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Sinofsky’s TechTalk, and How Agile is MS?

If you haven’t found it yet, you should click over to Steven Sinofsky’s Techtalk – he’s a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group. (more info available here). Today in his posting on “Bureaucracy. Threat or menace?” he talks about a class teaching a case on the development of Office 2000 and the topic of…

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LiveMeeting: for when you’re not quite there

Today my youngest son stayed home from school with the same thing his father has… coming off a really bad cold. I had a string of meetings and discussions, some of which I participated through Office Live Meeting. I used the regular dial-in conference lines for one discussion (that was a problem) but the rest were all…

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