Senior managers’ take on diversity by Tameiko

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Everyone says diversity is important. Do we really believe it is important or have we been told it is important so often that we automatically believe it is too. I am okay with blind faith but when you are dealing with people’s livelihood we better understand the importance of our message. For example, I am working on recruiting projects involving diversity for Bing, therefore I am having conversations with various…

My trip to Cabo by Jamie

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It all started innocently enough-   I was dreading starting a tedious report so I decided to “quickly” go to Bing Travel to set a Fare Alert for the trip I am planning to Cabo in April.  I then decide to glance at the destination information on San Jose del Cabo, which lead to looking at some hotels, then some images, then the weather… The next thing I know I…

Being on Top vs Getting There by Jenna

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I’ve been at Microsoft a long time, and worked in a variety of businesses from Windows to Online and everything in between.  I know what it’s like to pitch the winning story vs the underdog story. And whether you are on top with market share (Windows) or fighting your way towards to middle (Bing), the sweet spot is all a matter of perspective.   This came to light for me…

Voluntourism: Touring and Serving World by Kay

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As employees at Microsoft, we take pride in our giving campaigns each year. As a parent and ms employee, I wanted to more than just give money, which is always nice and easier, but how is this teaching our children? So, my partner and I started to do some research in what we can start planning for the future of giving and I came across several sites which I mention…

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

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Community:  The notion of community has changed dramatically through social media, allowing groups to operate almost like independent groups, except that these groups have moved beyond traditional demographics and affiliations.  Their notion of community is increasingly diverse, centering on non-traditional aspects of identity and affiliation (e.g., interests or expertise).  As a result, these groups experience a wide range of perspectives and contributions. As the group forges to share identity through…

Bing: The Marriage of Art and Science by Jamie

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Each Bing user has their own reasons for loving Bing.  I love the design – the new picture on the home page every day, the interactive feel.  Bing is a marriage of art and science or design and development.  We have talented engineers writing elegant code and we have gifted designers driving the human interface.  We are thinking a lot about how are users interact with Bing and how to…