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Summer is always intern season at Microsoft.  This year, all nine women in the Brown University CS programme interned at Microsoft.  In MacBU, we get lots of interns too, and we got one of those Brown ladies this year.  Here’s what our Brown intern, Nell Elliott, had to say about her experiences here: Elliott interviewed…

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20 years of Rick!

Today is an auspicious day, for it is Rick Schaut’s 20th anniversary with Microsoft.  He’s been working on Word:Mac the whole time (well, we might occasionally let him look at some code that’s shared across Office:Mac).   Rick, you’re one of my favourite people here in MacBU, and I can’t tell you how much I…

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Microsoft employees are the most social media-savvy in the world

I saw a tweet from @Microsoft which tells us that Microsoft tops social media use survey. The NetProspex Social Report lists the top 50 most social corporations in America (top 5: us, eBay, Amazon, Disney, and Google) and the Twitter 20 (top 5: us, Raytheon, Analog Devices, Disney, Kodak). I’d be remiss if I didn’t…

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on working the show floor at Macworld Expo

John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote about the Macworld Expo prelude yesterday, and how the absence of Apple will impact it. As he rightfully points out, there’s a lot of content at the show that doesn’t come from Apple themselves. There’s lots of other companies there that have things to share, and what they’re showing…

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help us make Mactopia better

Want to help us make Mactopia better? We’re conducting in-person interviews at Macworld 2010. In exchange for an hour of your time at the show, you’ll get $100. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this questionnaire. Speaking of participating, I still need corporate Messenger:Mac users in the Seattle area who would like to…

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Mac Office loves you

There’s some new goodness from us, just in time for Macworld Expo. We’ve got a new website Mac Office loves you. We’ve also got a Office:Mac page on Facebook and a spiffy new twitter page too. Speaking of Macworld Expo, I’ll be there giving a talk about administering Macs in Exchange. Come and learn! And…

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job opening: user experience manager in the Macintosh Business Unit

My team, the User Experience team in the Macintosh Business Unit, is looking for a User Experience Manager. The UX manager oversees UX research (including me!), UX design, and user assistance for all applications (present and future) in the Macintosh Business Unit. There’s a whole job description here, and you can read that to hear…

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Q&A: don't usability studies violate your NDA?

In response to my blog post offering up a sneak peak of Outlook:Mac via a usability study, I got a question via twitter: does that violate your NDA? i understood that MS had strict NDA to not show off upcoming software. Sure I’d love to see it. Show me what you’ve got! 🙂 If it…

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year in review

If the boss can write a retrospective, so can I. 🙂 2009 has been an Entourage-filled year for me. At Macworld 2009 in January, we announced Entourage for Web Services. While EWS didn’t get a lot of UI touches, I still got to make some UX improvements, especially with regards to perceived performance. The public…

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Q&A: challenges of developing Office:Mac

Another one from the open question thread: What are the main challenges with working on a new version of Office? Rewriting legacy code? Integrating changes made by the Win Office team? Having a limited number of engineers to implement changes? Those are all certainly on the list of challenges that my team faces, although it’s…

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