7 lbs. of M&Ms means only one thing.


If you follow Microsoft culture then you’ve undoubtedly heard about the distribution of M&Ms on employee anniversaries. Specifically, it is tradition to put one pound of M&Ms for each year you’ve worked at Microsoft in a bowl outside your office. Today there is a bowl with seven pounds of M&Ms outside my door. If you’re in the Redmond area, I encourage you to stop by my office and have some. If you’re off campus, drop me a note via the contact and I’ll let the building receptionist know to expect you.

Year 1 (June 1999 – June 2000): worked on Office deployment team (to ship Office XP)

Year 2 (June 2000 – June 2001): worked on Office deployment team (shipped Office XP)

Year 3 (June 2001 – June 2002): worked on Office deployment team (to ship Office 2003)

Year 4 (June 2002 – June 2003): worked on Office deployment team (to ship Office 2003)

Year 5 (June 2003 – June 2004): transitioned to System Definition Model team (shipped in VSTA)

Year 6 (June 2004 – June 2005): transitioned to Windows deployment team (to ship Vista)

Year 7 (June 2005 – June 2006): worked on Windows deployment team (to ship Vista)

Year 1 – Year 7: worked on Windows Installer XML toolset

Comments (5)

  1. Eric says:

    Congrats Rob, we started the same time and you’re a true Mensch 🙂  Guess I have to start offering up M&Ms again…

  2. AJ says:

    Congratulations Rob.  Everyone I know that works for Microsoft has nothing but great things to say about working for the company.  Email me when there are 14 pounds outside your door and I’ll fly to Washington to help you eat them.

  3. Gary says:

    Congrats. Wish I was in the area. Best candy available 🙂

  4. James S. says:

    Congratulations Rob.  Keep on keepin’ it real!

  5. Doc says:

    You’ll need a much bigger chair outside of your office when you get to the 14th pound 😉

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