Monthly Archives: April 2008

Geeks Croon to Gold at Singing Competition

Microsoft’s Baudboys head to San Francisco this week to compete for national a cappella singing title. By Fred Albert April 29, 2008 It has all the makings of a Hollywood hit: Eight nerds band together to form a singing group. On the eve of the big competition, one of the members breaks his back, but […]

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An Exchange test manager muses on work/fiddle balance and why enterprise software is sexier than you think

The geek in question: Alex MacLeod The job: Senior Test Manager, Exchange Do you feel like the Exchange team gets no love? Like people see it as less sexy than, say, Xbox? Totally. When people apply at Microsoft, they get this boilerplate form where they check their interest in different groups. And the only two […]

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Microsoft Goes East Coast

New “vertical campus” in Boston area gives Microsoft a presence in a bustling tech community. Recruit-rich MIT and Harvard are nearby. By Steve Birge Microsoft is working to dispel the perception by many in the United States that it is a Seattle company. It has development offices in Silicon Valley, North Dakota, North Carolina, and […]

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Kafer’s Catchy Voice Is Catching On

Software Design Engineer Jeffrey Kafer parlayed an interest in acting into a part-time career doing voice-overs. His fledgling efforts have already earned him honors. By Fred Albert April 14, 2008 Jeffrey Kafer spends a lot of his time in the closet. And if he has his way, he won’t be coming out any time soon. […]

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Sara Ford on what Microsoft can learn from open source

Last week I attended BlogHer Business in New York City, and appeared on a panel alongside two other Microsoft bloggers, Ani Babaian and Sara Ford. Sara let me pepper her with questions for a couple minutes about the work she’s doing with CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project hosting site. The Geek in question: Sara Ford […]

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Podcasts and Blogs Enlighten Job Applicants

Social tools show job applicants what it’s really like to work at Microsoft. By Steve Birge Anybody who’s looked for a new job knows that the job posting rarely gives a real sense of what it would be like to work at the new place. It’s particularly challenging if the position is new or rare.That’s […]

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