About Chris Parkes

About

About Chris Parkes

Chris has been working for Microsoft since April 2001.  During this time, his responsibilities have included Microsoft Dynamics CRM, application development for Independent Software Vendors, the Microsoft Office System (including SharePoint and Business Intelligence) and Microsoft Cloud Services.
 
Prior to his career at Microsoft Chris gained a 2:1 BSc. (Hons.) in Software Engineering from Staffordshire University and spent seven years as a Visual FoxPro developer writing, deploying and configuring stock control, accounting, human resource and payroll software for many mid-size and large public and private sector organisations.

Chris really doesn't believe in horoscopes or anything that cannot be satisfactorily explained by science (or theology) but is however, a Libran (September 23 - October 22) which, according to some random internet search exhibits the following traits:
 • Duality: Masculine (energetic, direct, and strong through actions)
 • Element: Air (intellectual and communicative)
 • Quality: Cardinal (leader)
 • Ruling planet: Venus (the goddess of love and beauty)
 • Symbol: The Scales (balance and justice)
 • Birthstone: Opal
 • Most likeable trait: Charm

Chris also loves curry, particularly garlic chicken balti and is determined to one day get the word “balti” into the Microsoft Word English (U.K.) spell checking dictionary.  However, he is happy with the fact that right now, the Encarta definition “a spicy dish originally from Pakistan that is traditionally served in the bowl-shaped pan it is cooked in karahi” sums it all up perfectly...