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  • October
    28

    Referendum 71 and the Search Wars by Jenna

    In the battle for Search market share, a small war was being waged over at local newspaper “The Stranger” when local columnist David Schmader reported that due to Microsoft’s 100K donation to approve Washington’s Referendum 71 , he was switching from Search giant Google to rival Bing. And as a continuing show of support for the largest single donation to the Ref. 71 cause, other readers backed the grassroots movement and also announced their switch from Google to Bing. It’s difficult to say if this move had any bearing on the fact that today Google raised its hand in a show of support (although its fair to note that Google didn’t open it’s wallet). Google has now joined the other companies who have already shown support: Boeing, Nike, Inc., Puget Sound Energy, RealNetworks, and Vulcan Inc. I used Bing before the donation announcement, but would have been one of the ones to make the switch. Few things make me as proud as bravery and the desire to do the right thing and make a stand. Good Work. In the battle for Search market share, a small war was being waged over at local newspaper “The Stranger” when local columnist David Schmader reported that due to Microsoft’s 100K donation to approve Washington’s Referendum 71 , he was switching from Search giant Google to rival Bing. And as a continuing show of support for the largest single donation to the Ref. 71 cause, other readers backed the grassroots movement and also announced their switch from Google to Bing. It’s difficult to say if this move had any bearing on the fact that today Google raised its hand in a show of support (although its fair to note that Google didn’t open it’s wallet). Google has now joined the other companies who have already shown support: Boeing, Nike, Inc., Puget Sound Energy, RealNetworks, and Vulcan Inc. I used Bing before the donation announcement, but would have been one of the ones to make the switch. Few things make me as proud as bravery and the desire to do the right thing and make a stand. Good Work.
  • October
    26

    Bing it on in Bellevue by Matt

    I’ve heard it from my friends and former colleagues alike, “Gosh, I’d love to work at Microsoft, but I don’t want to drive to Redmond every day…” As a veteran of the Seattle technology scene, I can totally understand the Eastsideaphobia that comes from staring across the bridge. For anyone who views Redmond as a deal breaker, it’s my duty to tell you that the majority of the Bing product groups are located in beautiful downtown Bellevue! Two of Microsoft’s newest buildings: City Center and The Bravern , host several of the development and operations groups building and supporting our Search, Adverting and MSN-centric web services. As a Seattleite myself, I love the fact that my average drive time is 25 minutes each way, which is roughly what it would take me to get downtown Seattle. For those of you who’d rather not be a solo commuter, Microsoft’s Bellevue Campus surrounds the recently renovated Bellevue Transit Center . So the next time you are at our career site and are looking for a great way to trim your search results think of Bing and search by location: Bellevue, Washington! I’ve heard it from my friends and former colleagues alike, “Gosh, I’d love to work at Microsoft, but I don’t want to drive to Redmond every day…” As a veteran of the Seattle technology scene, I can totally understand the Eastsideaphobia that comes from staring across the bridge. For anyone who views Redmond as a deal breaker, it’s my duty to tell you that the majority of the Bing product groups are located in beautiful downtown Bellevue! Two of Microsoft’s newest buildings: City Center and The Bravern , host several of the development and operations groups building and supporting our Search, Adverting and MSN-centric web services. As a Seattleite myself, I love the fact that my average drive time is 25 minutes each way, which is roughly what it would take me to get downtown Seattle. For those of you who’d rather not be a solo commuter, Microsoft’s Bellevue Campus surrounds the recently renovated Bellevue Transit Center . So the next time you are at our career site and are looking for a great way to trim your search results think of Bing and search by location: Bellevue, Washington!
  • October
    24

    What Can You Say To Me? By Jamie

    I always tell candidates I work with Bing. I tell them for two reasons: One, I am usually talking to them about a career with Bing and Two: I want to hear their feedback on Bing. The conversations usually goes something like this: Me: “I am Jamie Morgan and I recruit for Bing” Candidate: “Ah, yes Bing, very cool” Me: “What do you think of Bing, are you using it?” This is where the conversations vary. Many start rattling off their favorite features and share with me that it is their home page, default search engine, etc. There’s a few really honest folks lay out all their opinions good and bad. Then there’s the group who pause, they point out their favorite features and then they pause again. One was so candid as to say, “I am talking to a Bing recruiter, I am not sure if I should tell you that it is not my default search engine yet.” He was afraid that if he gave constructive feedback, it might hurt his chances of being considered for a position. As I explained to him, you can have any opinion you want, but tell me why. I am intrigued by any opinion backed up by thoughtful analysis. Bing is new. While... Read More I always tell candidates I work with Bing. I tell them for two reasons: One, I am usually talking to them about a career with Bing and Two: I want to hear their feedback on Bing. The conversations usually goes something like this: Me: “I am Jamie Morgan and I recruit for Bing” Candidate: “Ah, yes Bing, very cool” Me: “What do you think of Bing, are you using it?” This is where the conversations vary. Many start rattling off their favorite features and share with me that it is their home page, default search engine, etc. There’s a few really honest folks lay out all their opinions good and bad. Then there’s the group who pause, they point out their favorite features and then they pause again. One was so candid as to say, “I am talking to a Bing recruiter, I am not sure if I should tell you that it is not my default search engine yet.” He was afraid that if he gave constructive feedback, it might hurt his chances of being considered for a position. As I explained to him, you can have any opinion you want, but tell me why. I am intrigued by any opinion backed up by thoughtful analysis. Bing is new. While... Read More
  • October
    23

    A Corporate Joke by Kay

    A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Dave the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Dave says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel that you have on" After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Dave. After a few seconds, Dave hands her $800 and leaves. Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower, "Who was that?" "It was Dave the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great," the husband says, "did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?" Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk in time with your stakeholders, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure. A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Dave the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Dave says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel that you have on" After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Dave. After a few seconds, Dave hands her $800 and leaves. Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower, "Who was that?" "It was Dave the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great," the husband says, "did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?" Moral of the story: If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk in time with your stakeholders, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.
  • October
    23

    Two powerful aspects of social media Anonymity...

    Anonymity . Social media allows a certain amount of anonymity, which can act as a powerful buffer against "groupthink." An example of this could be found in a working group that uses an online meeting system that allows users to contribute their thoughts anonymously. In some cases, such a system increases the truthfulness of the feedback received and prevents "personalities" from controlling the flow of the conversation. Employees with ideas that differ from those who "control" the group can express those views and expect them to receive due consideration. Ideas flourish, and contributions increase. At the same time, this anonymity allows employees a place to retreat, and creates a space where they can be honest, so that at least in some sense, the rest of the workplace is not seen as a place where employees can be authentic without penalty. Or employees may become overly concerned about the views held by their colleagues and may spend too much time trying to figure out "who said what." Of course, many collaborative work systems are not anonymous, but even in such cases employees still experience a sense of distance from their work and colleagues when collaborating remotely... Read More Anonymity . Social media allows a certain amount of anonymity, which can act as a powerful buffer against "groupthink." An example of this could be found in a working group that uses an online meeting system that allows users to contribute their thoughts anonymously. In some cases, such a system increases the truthfulness of the feedback received and prevents "personalities" from controlling the flow of the conversation. Employees with ideas that differ from those who "control" the group can express those views and expect them to receive due consideration. Ideas flourish, and contributions increase. At the same time, this anonymity allows employees a place to retreat, and creates a space where they can be honest, so that at least in some sense, the rest of the workplace is not seen as a place where employees can be authentic without penalty. Or employees may become overly concerned about the views held by their colleagues and may spend too much time trying to figure out "who said what." Of course, many collaborative work systems are not anonymous, but even in such cases employees still experience a sense of distance from their work and colleagues when collaborating remotely... Read More
  • October
    22

    Why are men more inclined than women to...

    I had the fortunate experience of chatting with two female Bing engineering employees this week. We discussed diversity, specifically female diversity, in engineering organizations. They shared their thoughts on the topic which included references to their specific experiences. I would tell you a little about each employee but since I did not get permission to post their comments I will keep them anonymous. Let me refer to them as Leslie and Pat. Leslie was active in helping others in college, by organizing networking circles for women in technology at one of the top schools in the country. Pat mentioned there were people who came to her college and spoke to women about technology. She also stated there is an opportunity to encourage freshmen female students to take more sciences . Pat went on to say, some places have a "work day" for high school girls . Both agreed more women need to show up at industry and campus recruiting events. (How are you going to do this without tiring out the "four" technical women who work in your organization? Sounds like a vicious cycle if you ask me...) Fortunately the "ladies" work in an office where they say there is a "good" number of technical... Read More I had the fortunate experience of chatting with two female Bing engineering employees this week. We discussed diversity, specifically female diversity, in engineering organizations. They shared their thoughts on the topic which included references to their specific experiences. I would tell you a little about each employee but since I did not get permission to post their comments I will keep them anonymous. Let me refer to them as Leslie and Pat. Leslie was active in helping others in college, by organizing networking circles for women in technology at one of the top schools in the country. Pat mentioned there were people who came to her college and spoke to women about technology. She also stated there is an opportunity to encourage freshmen female students to take more sciences . Pat went on to say, some places have a "work day" for high school girls . Both agreed more women need to show up at industry and campus recruiting events. (How are you going to do this without tiring out the "four" technical women who work in your organization? Sounds like a vicious cycle if you ask me...) Fortunately the "ladies" work in an office where they say there is a "good" number of technical... Read More
  • October
    21

    Qi Lu Visits Stanford and Berkeley by Jenna

    With all the stir this week about the Bing/Facebook/Twitter announcement at Web 2.0, most people don’t know that Qi Lu ( President of the Online Services Group) also spent his time in the Bay Area meeting with students from Berkeley and Stanford. Qi chatted with a group of about 150 students, and then headed to dinner with many of them. You might think that in a company of this size that Qi doesn’t spend time on the little stuff, but in fact he is one of the most down to earth approachable execs I have ever met at the company. A few bloggers “in the know” have commented about it : http://www.bayjinger.com/2009/10/20/career-advice-from-qi-lu-president-of-microsoft-online-services/ Qi spoke about his background and experiences that led him to Microsoft, about the different business divisions here, and about the Online Services Division. He really focused on People, Opportunity, and Impact, was not a technical talk by any means, but more a very honest conversation about his experiences, lessons learned, and about the opportunities for the future. With all the stir this week about the Bing/Facebook/Twitter announcement at Web 2.0, most people don’t know that Qi Lu ( President of the Online Services Group) also spent his time in the Bay Area meeting with students from Berkeley and Stanford. Qi chatted with a group of about 150 students, and then headed to dinner with many of them. You might think that in a company of this size that Qi doesn’t spend time on the little stuff, but in fact he is one of the most down to earth approachable execs I have ever met at the company. A few bloggers “in the know” have commented about it : http://www.bayjinger.com/2009/10/20/career-advice-from-qi-lu-president-of-microsoft-online-services/ Qi spoke about his background and experiences that led him to Microsoft, about the different business divisions here, and about the Online Services Division. He really focused on People, Opportunity, and Impact, was not a technical talk by any means, but more a very honest conversation about his experiences, lessons learned, and about the opportunities for the future.
  • October
    14

    Why care about diversity? By Tameiko

    Why care about diversity? Is it just another overused corporate buzzword? When it comes to developing global products, all of a sudden diversity is pretty important, yes? Most companies realize the importance of having its employees reflect the population it serves and Bing is no exception. And when you are essentially serving the world, it seems reasonable your employee base should be quite diverse. How is this accomplished? By hiring males and females of all ethnicities from various places around the world. Easy, right? Well, when you are an engineering team, the opportunity to hire Caucasians, Asians and Indians (not Native Americans) males is high. If you are a marketing team, the opportunity to hire females increases from engineering teams. Where is everyone else? Where are the technical females, Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans? Of course Bing employs a variety of people. It begs the question though, do those who are underrepresented have a voice and is it important that every team be reflective of the marketplace? I would love to hear your thoughts… Why care about diversity? Is it just another overused corporate buzzword? When it comes to developing global products, all of a sudden diversity is pretty important, yes? Most companies realize the importance of having its employees reflect the population it serves and Bing is no exception. And when you are essentially serving the world, it seems reasonable your employee base should be quite diverse. How is this accomplished? By hiring males and females of all ethnicities from various places around the world. Easy, right? Well, when you are an engineering team, the opportunity to hire Caucasians, Asians and Indians (not Native Americans) males is high. If you are a marketing team, the opportunity to hire females increases from engineering teams. Where is everyone else? Where are the technical females, Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans? Of course Bing employs a variety of people. It begs the question though, do those who are underrepresented have a voice and is it important that every team be reflective of the marketplace? I would love to hear your thoughts…
  • October
    14

    Yes! We're hiring! By Matt

    A recent visitor to my LinkedIn page asked me if Microsoft was really hiring at the moment or if we were just collecting resumes for future roles. I responded YES we are hiring! We here in the Bing Staffing groups are very active and have a ton of roles to fill! The success of the Bing launch has been tremendous and our software engineers, program managers and test engineers are hard at work adding features and improving the experience. The big challenge for the teams I work on is how do we take advantage of all the new eyeballs on Bing and translate that into revenue. The big focus for the Microsoft Advertising organization is adding development resources to help us scale up our Ad Platform to handle the increased traffic, as well as making sure the right ad gets to the right person at the right time. To this end we have a lot of opportunities working on various stages of the Advertising workflow. There’s a need for database developers to help build next generation data processing and billing technologies . There’s a need on the API team to help build a platform allowing advertising agencies to manage their advertising campaigns. In addition, we’re... Read More A recent visitor to my LinkedIn page asked me if Microsoft was really hiring at the moment or if we were just collecting resumes for future roles. I responded YES we are hiring! We here in the Bing Staffing groups are very active and have a ton of roles to fill! The success of the Bing launch has been tremendous and our software engineers, program managers and test engineers are hard at work adding features and improving the experience. The big challenge for the teams I work on is how do we take advantage of all the new eyeballs on Bing and translate that into revenue. The big focus for the Microsoft Advertising organization is adding development resources to help us scale up our Ad Platform to handle the increased traffic, as well as making sure the right ad gets to the right person at the right time. To this end we have a lot of opportunities working on various stages of the Advertising workflow. There’s a need for database developers to help build next generation data processing and billing technologies . There’s a need on the API team to help build a platform allowing advertising agencies to manage their advertising campaigns. In addition, we’re... Read More
  • October
    14

    Microsoft Against the Universe by Kay

    Does anyone have any faith in Microsoft anymore? Everywhere you go you hear about how much people despise Microsoft for buying the next company that is failing. Everywhere you go you hear about how the company is doing another layoff. Microsoft has been deemed the bad guy of the software world for years. It is literally Microsoft vs. the Universe, and Microsoft still has the upper hand, right? Some education for those who are not a fan of Microsoft Microsoft started in humble beginnings in 1975, and worked its way towards domination through the Personal Computer circuit. Since then, it has evolved from MS-DOS to Windows 7. The reason why it has made it this far (and so successfully for that matter)? TRUST People trust Microsoft. Microsoft builds such good relationships with the consumer who uses their products, that they are now firmly implanted in everyone's minds that they are the best. Surely, a company with such good initiative is the best option to provide a quality product? Let’s say it altogether now… most competitors are jealous of Microsoft being so successful. In essence, the world is just jumping on the band-wagon against Microsoft. Microsoft has turned... Read More Does anyone have any faith in Microsoft anymore? Everywhere you go you hear about how much people despise Microsoft for buying the next company that is failing. Everywhere you go you hear about how the company is doing another layoff. Microsoft has been deemed the bad guy of the software world for years. It is literally Microsoft vs. the Universe, and Microsoft still has the upper hand, right? Some education for those who are not a fan of Microsoft Microsoft started in humble beginnings in 1975, and worked its way towards domination through the Personal Computer circuit. Since then, it has evolved from MS-DOS to Windows 7. The reason why it has made it this far (and so successfully for that matter)? TRUST People trust Microsoft. Microsoft builds such good relationships with the consumer who uses their products, that they are now firmly implanted in everyone's minds that they are the best. Surely, a company with such good initiative is the best option to provide a quality product? Let’s say it altogether now… most competitors are jealous of Microsoft being so successful. In essence, the world is just jumping on the band-wagon against Microsoft. Microsoft has turned... Read More
  • October
    13

    Meet Kay

    Hi! I'm Kay! I'm a seasoned researcher and social media strategist; creative, strategic and passionate with 11+ years of exceptional experience. Knowledgeable of web 2.0 technologies and social media platforms. Proven aptitude identifying opportunities, implementing solutions, and increasing visibility through video, blogs and social networks. Experience with international teams and diversity initiatives. Responsible for strategy and development of marketing Internet-based social media / social networks communities, including the development of Blogs, MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and online video on YouTube. Speaking engagements which include executive round tables, business marketing and leadership teams, MBA programs at local University, and SourcCon, etc. Hi! I'm Kay! I'm a seasoned researcher and social media strategist; creative, strategic and passionate with 11+ years of exceptional experience. Knowledgeable of web 2.0 technologies and social media platforms. Proven aptitude identifying opportunities, implementing solutions, and increasing visibility through video, blogs and social networks. Experience with international teams and diversity initiatives. Responsible for strategy and development of marketing Internet-based social media / social networks communities, including the development of Blogs, MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and online video on YouTube. Speaking engagements which include executive round tables, business marketing and leadership teams, MBA programs at local University, and SourcCon, etc.
  • October
    13

    Meet Matt

    I focus on Microsoft Advertising technologies, providing Software Engineers, Database Developers and Service Operations professionals to build and manage web services running at the largest scale possible. I’ve been recruiting for 12+ years, working on various startups around the Puget Sound and Bay Area and Microsoft is the opposite of everything I’ve ever built... ...Except of course it isn’t! Since joining in October of 2007, I’ve been consistently amazed at how much fun I’m having and how “non monolithic” the company feels. As you probably know, Microsoft is not the dominant market driver in the online services business and in this space we’re very much still a start up. To me, that’s the draw. Within every challenge lies an opportunity and I’ve never understood the point of joining a company AFTER they’ve gotten it all figured out. The teams I help build have a direct impact on how Microsoft succeeds in transitioning from shrink-wrapped software to Software + Services. Rather than getting caught up solely on what a candidate has done, I understand that a series of identical moves is rarely a compelling proposition... Read More I focus on Microsoft Advertising technologies, providing Software Engineers, Database Developers and Service Operations professionals to build and manage web services running at the largest scale possible. I’ve been recruiting for 12+ years, working on various startups around the Puget Sound and Bay Area and Microsoft is the opposite of everything I’ve ever built... ...Except of course it isn’t! Since joining in October of 2007, I’ve been consistently amazed at how much fun I’m having and how “non monolithic” the company feels. As you probably know, Microsoft is not the dominant market driver in the online services business and in this space we’re very much still a start up. To me, that’s the draw. Within every challenge lies an opportunity and I’ve never understood the point of joining a company AFTER they’ve gotten it all figured out. The teams I help build have a direct impact on how Microsoft succeeds in transitioning from shrink-wrapped software to Software + Services. Rather than getting caught up solely on what a candidate has done, I understand that a series of identical moves is rarely a compelling proposition... Read More
  • October
    13

    Meet Jamie

    Hi, I am Jamie Morgan. I am the Staffing Lead for the Candidate Generation team in the Online Division. My team and I find talent for Bing and other great groups. I have been with the Search team for 5 years, but 7 years ago I had a dream that Bill Gates interviewed me and offered me a job. I don’t think I am psychic, but I do think I am in my dream job. I have worked at some big name companies but I love the culture and people at Microsoft; I look forward to telling you more about it. Hi, I am Jamie Morgan. I am the Staffing Lead for the Candidate Generation team in the Online Division. My team and I find talent for Bing and other great groups. I have been with the Search team for 5 years, but 7 years ago I had a dream that Bill Gates interviewed me and offered me a job. I don’t think I am psychic, but I do think I am in my dream job. I have worked at some big name companies but I love the culture and people at Microsoft; I look forward to telling you more about it.