Happy International Women’s Day!

It’s also Women’s History Month. In honor of women in computing, you should meet Lili Cheng, general manager of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs, which focuses on software and services that are centered on social connectivity, real-time experiences, and rich media. Lili talks to @ritzy and @Carmine007 about her tenure at Microsoft which started…

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Windows 7 it is.

Mike Nash posted on the Vista Team Blog yesterday that they’ve finalized the name for Windows 7 (the next version of Windows.) It’s Windows 7! :-)  I often like codenames better than the names products ship with, and I was definitely curious what they were going to do with this one. I’m glad to hear…


WomenBuild

I’ve been hearing SUCH good things about the WomenBuild program and just got the final details! The WomenBuild program will launch in October and the events will be free for those registered for the Professional Developers Conference. The program is open to all registrants who have a passion for software development, especially women. The program…

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One week until GHC!

A week from today, we’ll be in Keystone, Colorado at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!!  Are you ready to CONNECT? The CONNECT project is supported by the National Science Foundation (under #CNS-0738102) and ACM’s Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W).  When I registered for the conference, I gave them profile information and…

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GHC08: Online conversations have started

I’ve unpacked some winter clothes to get ready for GHC in less than two weeks!  I’m slowly but surely getting ready to go.  Today’s task is to go through the Program Schedule and determine what sessions I want to attend.  Then I’ll be signing up to hang out at the Microsoft booth when I’m free. …

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Microsoftie on The Balancing Act

In keeping with our Grace Hopper Conference preparatory blogging theme, I saw a very cool story about a Microsoftie today.  Donna Hamilton was profiled in Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly and the Lifetime TV show The Balancing Act.  She’s a Senior Communications Manager at Microsoft and balances working 70-80 hours/week with her husband, three kids under…

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Jobs (and altitude sickness)

One of my 1:1s this week was with my co-worker Randy.  Randy lives in Colorado so he’ll be my local expert at the Grace Hopper Conference in a few weeks. :-)    While browsing through the GHC site, I found a section on altitude sickness that said: "High Altitude Illness is the result of sudden exposure…

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Facebook and Microphone

You’ve asked, we’ve listened! You wanted to have a conversation with Microsoft, to talk with us about the issues you care about and to know we are listening.  So we’ve decided to expand our Facebook presence…  In addition to our good ‘ol Facebook Page, the Academic team has now launched Microphone!  The Microsoft Microphone Community…

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Back to School Downloads

Starting back to school?  Here are a few downloads you might consider to kick off the new year or setting up a new machine: The Ultimate Steal is back!  Office Ultimate for students at only $59.95.   That’s Word, Excel, Groove, Outlook, Access, OneNote… well, you can see the LONG list on the site.  This is…

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Ramping up on the job: Meeting with Co-workers 1:1

I work on a team that’s geographically dispersed — we live all over the US.   That makes it a little harder to jump into things.  They’re all doing different activities in different cities and may be traveling, working from home or at a local office.  I’d like to figure out what everyone is doing, let…

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