Interns — the intern experience in Office

We’re actively hiring interns from the college campuses we visit.  I wanted to use this as an opportunity to talk about what it is like to be an intern in Office.  You can read about the specifics of the intern program on the intern web site: http://www.microsoft.com/college/ip_overview.mspx.  You can read about the job types available…

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Dev (or SDE) at Microsoft

As we hit the college campuses for the second half of recruiting, it seemed like a good idea to pick up where we left off. Development at Microsoft Let’s talk about development at Microsoft and what it is like to be a Software Design Engineer (or SDE as we call them, or just “dev”).  My…

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PM at Microsoft

While at Stanford this week I was asked by a number of PM (program manager) candidates to talk about the PM role at Microsoft.  The PM role is unique to Microsoft and was actually created in response to developing software that is more usable and at the same time pushes the state of the art…

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Seattle: The Emerald City (Really!)

It is not the heat, it is the humidity.– David Letterman (ok not really, but it was a catch phrase for a while) No matter where you live, people can find a reason to complain about the weather (or is it weather forecasting?).  Seattle is no different and while we call it the “Emerald City”…

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The 100 hour work week: believe it or not?

So how much and how hard do you have to work at Microsoft to be successful? I was asked this question by a graduating student who has an offer from Microsoft to be a software design engineer. Actually the question was “do I have to work 100 hours a week to be successful?”I went back…

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Release timing and Office products — how fast is fast enough?

I’ve been asked quite a bit by people interviewing at Microsoft about “software release”.  This post will talk about our strategy around product releases for Office products, since we have been pretty consistent over the years and this represents a balance between some competing interests. The topic comes up because there has been a lot…

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Where should I work? Global development of Microsoft Office.

“Are you able to shed any light on how much software development takes places outside of the US? Or indeed, what happens at which Microsoft sites around the world? Why would a new grad come to Seattle to work for Microsoft when he can work for Google in Mountain View, New York City or Zurich?”…

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Bureaucracy. Threat or menace? Either, both, or neither? Or it depends!

bu·reauc·ra·cy  a. Management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among numerous offices and by fixed proceduresb. The administrative structure of a large or complex organization   I was able to spend the day today with students at Harvard Business School.  I was fortunate enough to meet a number of second year students and was invited…

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MBA Opportunities at Microsoft

Before I get started I should point out that I am not an MBA and I don’t play one on TV.  The closest I ever came to a business class was when I took Accounting I at the nearby community college in 1990 or so.  I’m an engineer through and through. That all changed due…

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Ineffective Middle-Management Suckups

Anonymous said: Managers love to give more reasons why lots of managers are a good thing. Why lots of managerial levels are a good thing. Your explanation of the file/rank structure and their leads is great. And its right on target. A lead with 5/6 reports (ideally 8 or so) is great – one with…

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