Welcome to TechTalk!


One day in graduate school I decided that more school in computer science wasn’t really for me so I sent pulled together my resume and sent it in to the address on a copy of Microsoft Word for the Macintosh. A few weeks later I found myself going through the arduous interview process. And before I knew it I received an offer to be a software design engineer. I accepted.

I wanted to start this blog to share information and views about how Microsoft recruits and hires college graduates, and what a career at Microsoft is like, at least from one perspective. I invite questions, points, and counter-points. I’m excited to use this forum to have a discussion about college hiring at Microsoft. The name TechTalk comes from the series of seminars we do during the summer for interns at Microsoft--one of the most fun times of the year for me is to get to present to this group and learn from them how they feel about the work we're doing and the future of Microsoft.

By way of introduction, my name is Steven Sinofsky and I am a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group. You can read my "official" bio on http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/ssinofsky. I’ve worked on Microsoft Office since Office 4.2d (the last 16 bit release). I’ve been a program manager and a software design engineer, in addition to a general manager.

I was hired by Microsoft out of graduate school at the University of Massachusetts. Before that I was an undergraduate at Cornell University. I’m a Cornellian through and through as folks I work with will attest to.

This kicks off the TechTalk blog. We’re right in the thick of intern season which is super energizing for me. So check back and I’ll be updating folks on what’s up with college hiring at Microsoft.

--Steven Sinofsky

Comments (7)

  1. This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to point out that Steven Sinofsky (senior vice president of Office)…

  2. Steven Sinofsky, a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group, has a blog. In his latest…

  3. kevinbri says:

    Well they do like to remind me that you went there when I visit UMass so apparently your schools are proud of you. Always a good thing.

  4. kayvaan says:


    I am very happy for you and your readers that you’ve started this blog. It is always interesting to have a window into an organization like Microsoft — especially one that’s interactive. Congratulations.

    I appreciate your insights into career development at Microsoft.

    So far, it seems that most of your discussion may be geared more towards undergraduates (is that accurate?). If you do get the opportunity to discuss career opportunities for MBA’s, I, for one, would be very interested to hear what you have to say. I am pursuing an MBA to transition from software development to product or program management.


  5. steven_sinofsky says:

    Sure thing!

    A lot of the experiences I’m writing about will apply equally to MBAs.

    I will definitely elaborate on MBAs in the future. I spent a semester helping to teach an MBA class back east and would love a chance to share that perspective.

  6. Your site is very informational for me. Nice work.

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