Referendum 71 and the Search Wars by Jenna

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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…

Bing it on in Bellevue by Matt

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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…

What Can You Say To Me? By Jamie

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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…

A Corporate Joke by Kay

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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…

Two powerful aspects of social media Anonymity & Community (Part I) by Kay

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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…

Why are men more inclined than women to work in technology? By Tameiko

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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…

Qi Lu Visits Stanford and Berkeley by Jenna

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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…

Why care about diversity? By Tameiko

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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…

Yes! We’re hiring! By Matt

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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…

Microsoft Against the Universe by Kay

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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…