Spring Cleaning – For Your Career

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Spring is a time of renewal, a time to make household repairs, plant a garden, or lose the spare tire that mysteriously appeared sometime between Halloween and New Year’s Day. Dusting off the cobwebs from a long, dark, cold winter also applies to your career.   Be it a refocus, a restart, or a change in direction these tips should help you get started and set the course for a…

Challenges of Testing Data – Is it Really 73°F in Seattle right now? – by Cyril Bouanna

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Cyril Bounanna is a Senior Development Lead for the Bing Data Quality and Measurement Team.  Today he presents to us a real-life scenario that software engineers and testers encounter when they are building Bing. *** Software engineers have developed a lot of expertise and solutions to assess code quality. From static analysis to E2E automation, performance benchmarks, or search relevance, we know how to verify if our code does the right…

Why Should You Talk to a Recruiter, You Ask? I’ll Tell You – by Andrea LaCoy

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I think that everyone would agree with the statement that we live in a world that is ever changing and always evolving. The standard way of doing things in the past are being replaced with the better, faster, more efficient versions and this can been seen in almost everything we do. Making a career change is no exception. Gone are the days of reading the ‘Want Ads’ in the newspaper,…

Scouting For Talent – by Brian Christensen

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Working as a Staffing Consultant within Online Services Division here at Microsoft, I am constantly reminded that my job has a lot of similar aspects to sports and trying to put together a team that is set up to win. While watching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this past weekend, I noticed the intricacies of what it took to put a winning team on the court. Even before teams come together, there…

Microsoft’s “Garage” incubating the future of online services

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Have you heard about The Microsoft Garage? It’s not a place to park or fix cars. The Garage is company wide initiative, compromised of a community, events, and services to foster and support grassroots innovation inside of Microsoft. In the Garage, you’ll find over 3000 people from across Microsoft who are eager to hear your ideas, provide feedback and, quite possibly, turn those ideas into reality.The Garage also offers a collection of useful…

Featuring Chris Hanaoka from MSG

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My name is Chris Hanaoka and I lead software development for the infrastructure organization that powers Microsoft’s online services. Talk about a dream job! I’m surrounded by really, really smart people that I get to learn from every day. I have the opportunity to contribute to cutting edge technology. Everything is at an insanely massive scale. And I get to build solutions that I’m proud of!   Our team is…

Newbie in GFS

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By: AshleyJ Webster defines “new blood” as persons who are accepted into a group or organization and are expected to provide fresh ideas and vitality. Those are pretty high expectations; but I’m up for the challenge as I finish up my second week as a recruiter in Global Foundation Services. I’m actually not quite a newbie to Microsoft – I joined the organization in February 2010 in the HR Trax…

Meet Gunjan Gupta, Senior Research SDE with the Bing Segment Relevance team

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  Gunjan works on Bing’s Segment Relevance team. This team focuses on ranking relevance and other machine learning problems for various Bing verticals such as commerce, images, and video. Besides the verticals, they also affect the answers triggering on the main Bing page when the user types segment-specific queries, and have recently also launched improvements to the main Bing engine for commerce queries themselves. Gunjan’s interest in science in general…

The Counter Offer – by Amanda M.

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If you are a current job seeker and are employed, you have been dreaming of the day you get an offer.  You will finally get the opportunity to make a fresh start and face new challenges.  What people don’t often think about is their boss making a last ditch effort to retain them and receiving a counter offer.  How do you handle this situation?   It’s incredibly flattering to be…

Engineering Matters by Bengt

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Bengt – Director, Network Engineering – Global Networking Services Team I’ve been in Microsoft’s Global Networking Services (GNS) team for just over 36 months.  Global Networking Services is the team that designs, deploys and supports the networks behind Microsoft’s online services, including Bing, Windows Azure, Microsoft Business Productivity Online Services, Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, and Microsoft.com.  I recently reflected on why I came here.   I’ve been ‘heads down’ in…