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  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Campus - mapped

    [click the image for a birds eye view with Photosynth overlays] During this week you’ve gotten to see just a few places on Microsoft Campus and over the next weeks and months I’ll endeavor to show you more – with photographs, videos and Photosynth's. My dream is to have some sort...
  • Blog Post: What’s hot at Microsoft’s Science Fair?

    It’s fair time at Microsoft – Tech Fest is on the horizon and our Product Fair follows a little later in the year. I’ll be following (and blogging) about each of them and giving you some insight in to what goes down at these events. Today was Science Fair at The Commons and I was...
  • Blog Post: Touring the Computer History Museum - with Chuck Thacker

    Maybe the title of this post should be TURING the Computer History Museum given Chuck Thacker won the prestigious Turing Award in 2009. As the Wikipedia entry notes, The Turing Award is recognized as the "highest distinction in Computer science" and "Nobel Prize of computing”. I considered myself...
  • Blog Post: The Verge visits Microsoft’s Envisioning Lab

    The next installment from the recent Underground Tour I hosted with Josh Topolosky and Chad Mumm of The Verge just posted on their site. This time, it’s a look inside The Envisioning Lab at Microsoft , with my buddy Harald Becker. Josh gets to play with a 28ft touch screen wall as well as some...
  • Blog Post: Places Week v2 on Next at Microsoft

    A few weeks ago, we ran People Week v2 , our second in a series of weeks on this blog that we dedicated entirely to people at Microsoft. This week, it’s the return of Places Week, a series we first ran back in May . Be sure to check back on that week where we highlighted places like the Visitor...
  • Blog Post: Meet Patty, Microsoft’s robot

    Last week I teased with a photograph of a piece of hardware behind a cage and asked what or who was Microsoft’s caged animal ? There were some good guesses but none quite hit the spot – now, with the help of Nic and Joe, you can find out who, or what PaTTy is. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Garage + Startup Weekend = 3 Days to Launch a startup

    For three days recently, 70 Microsoft employees gathered in The Garage for Startup Weekend, an innovation event that challenged them to think intraprenuerially and take an idea from inception all the way to product launch in just 54 hours. Sound overly ambitious? Maybe, but it’s what StartupWeekend...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Garage – Hyderabad Style

    Back in January I featured a post on The Garage , a community on campus where following your creative hunches is the rule and volcanoes still explode at science fairs. When the Garage was just starting out, some of our colleagues in India saw all the fun we were having in Redmond and decided they wanted...
  • Blog Post: Join the conversation about art and technology in this ‘Instance’ of found images and 3D scans

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Athima Chansanchai, a staff writer for Microsoft News Center . James George is an artist who is as at home amongst algorithms and software code as he is in galleries and behind a camera. For three months, the Idaho native relocated to Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Factory Tour–the anechoic chamber

    Another week, another tour video – this time inside Microsoft’s anechoic chamber. It turns out this is one of a few chambers we have on campus and there is another even larger chamber I’ll introduce you to in a few weeks. On this tour, Larry Larsen joins Kevin Schofield for part 1 of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Factory Tour– the prototyping shop

    In this final video touring Microsoft Research (MSR) places, Tom Blank takes Larry Larsen around the Prototyping Shop. Our teams in MSR are constantly building gadgets & widgets as they test out their ideas and this shop allows them to make use of laser cutting machines, 3D plastic printers, lathes...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Factory Tour

    One of the topics we’ll be covering here on Next is a look behind the scenes at Microsoft. I’m keen to show you some places you may have heard about but never really seen – the Microsoft Home for example. There are a host of other places too, some of which even Softies don’t know...
  • Blog Post: A tour of Microsoft’s Model Shop

    This is possibly my favorite hidden space on Microsoft Campus – I found it within a few weeks of starting my new gig and everyone I have taken there has been blown away. Not only by the space but the team who works there...and the work they do. What I love about the model shop is it’s...
  • Blog Post: 1 Year on Next at Microsoft: Tour the Microsoft HQ

    We form opinions about people by the places they inhabit – that’s just a fact of life. So in trying to tell the story of Microsoft, who we are, how we work and what we’re working on, I’ve always felt it’s important to show you where we work (and play). Over the last year...
  • Blog Post: SFTW #4

    Even though I’ve worked at Microsoft for over 13 years, visiting Redmond (our HQ) was always intriguing. There was a sense of this is where the sausage (okay, software) gets made. I used to enjoy exploring the campus and finding cultural indicators – be they arcade machines in Building 17...
  • Blog Post: A tour of the Microsoft Home

    For many years I had heard of the Microsoft Home and wondered what it’d be like inside – having only seen scant glimpses in press shots. I’d also been quite curious about what it’s like from outside – assuming it would be on a suburban street somewhere in Redmond and perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Get an exclusive look inside Microsoft’s new high-tech headquarters for the fight against cybercrime

    Editor’s note: The following is a post from Steve Wiens, editor of microsoft.com/stories . Call them “the zombies next door.” With terrifying speed and stealth, cybercriminals can infect millions of PCs with malware, turning them into a vicious zombie army mobilized to commit...
  • Blog Post: When Wired came to town

    I’ve always been a fan of Wired…well apart from the period when they went all biotech on us. Thus I was quite pleased when Dylan Tweney of Wired.com (now at VentureBeat) came to our Redmond campus for a look around. We took him in to some of our favorite nooks and crannies and introduced...
  • Blog Post: Step inside the Microsoft Envisioning Center

    Back in the early days of Microsoft, our mission was to put a PC on every desk and in every home — an ambitious goal for the time. Behind that was the conviction that computer technology had the innate capacity to enrich peoples’ lives. The trick was applying it in a way that made sense,...
  • Blog Post: Take the Microsoft Tour

    One of the things I mentioned when we launched this blog was my desire to show you more of Microsoft – to help you get inside the places and spaces I visit on a daily basis. Welcome to our first “places week” on Next. Ever since I started working at Microsoft (over 13 years ago)...
  • Blog Post: What's cooking in Redmond

    Business Insider has posted a few slideshows the last few weeks that highlight some of the amenities on Microsoft’s Redmond Campus and take you behind the scenes to one of my favorite places, the Model Shop . Image Credits: Filmateria Digital, LLC
  • Blog Post: My tour of the Microsoft Dublin datacenter

    A few years ago I got an invite to attend take a look around Microsoft’s “mega datacenter” in Dublin, Ireland before it was fully operational and open. I typically don’t need much encouragement to head to the Emerald Isle given their proximity to my native Liverpool and the lure...
  • Blog Post: A new website for Office Labs

    Last August I posted about Building four on our main campus here in Redmond undergoing a serious refresh - now one of the teams who lives there has done the same with their website. Office Labs are the team behind the future vision videos you may also have seen on this blog but that’s just a...
  • Blog Post: G4 TV’s Jessica Chobot tours Microsoft

    Game Reviews - E3 2012 - AOTS Exclusive Rather than just hear from Softies talking about Microsoft’s Campus here in Redmond, I thought I’d point back to a tour we hosted with Jessica Chobot of G4 TV’s Attack of the Show last month. They got to take a look inside many of...
  • Blog Post: Here’s a story for you…

    A few, actually. We recently launched microsoft.com/stories to give you an inside look at the world of Microsoft, from Skype’s epic 10-year saga to the facilities team who helped build the city of the future right here in Redmond. Inevitably (because Microsoft is full of amazing stories) that...
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