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…

Management Excellence – by Eugenia Sawa

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As we head into the NBA Finals, my mind turns to Erik Spoelstra and the unique situation he is in.  With the finals starting tonight, I think about how Erik Spoelstra’s role as head coach of the Miami Heat, a team of very strong individual players each with their own strengths translates to the world of high technology and people management. Understand your players – Understand your team – how…

The Bing UX Design team travels across the pond to attend Interaction 12 by Cammy Vasquez

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The Bing UX Design team and their staffing partners are heading to Dublin, Ireland this week. We’re not flying over the Atlantic just for a good pint of Guinness and some Irish cheer. Bing is attending the IxDA “Interaction 12” conference. We will be showcasing some of our best products and hope to demonstrate our commitment to producing cutting edge design and the growth of the UX community. Everyone attends a…

Meet Robb Anderson – UX Designer for Bing

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 I joined Microsoft over 11 years ago – and have been in love with the company and the products we create ever since, especially my current team here at Bing! I wrapped up design school quite a few years ago, and afterwards bounced around at some local design agencies and worked in a range of design mediums from print and branding to interaction. I ended up contracting here at Microsoft…

Gaurav Sareen: Development Manager for the Bing Search Platforms team

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Gaurav Sareen is the Development Manager for the Search Platforms team. The mission of the Search Platforms team is to “accelerate the Bing team,” providing a platform for building the best in class search and directly focusing on the challenges around scale, performance, reliability and cost. Gaurav and his team works with all other teams in Bing, to provide the foundation for all the relevance and feature work.     Prior…

A CSG to FTE Bing Design Success Story! by Stephanie

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I joined Bing Design team in April of this year (2011) as a user experience and visual designer. The design team works directly with user research and editorial to create the visual presentation and user experience of bing.com (including, that beautiful, interactive, home page). For 2 years prior to joining Bing, I was a contract designer for Microsoft’s Interactive Experience Business creating information + publication design - so moving to Bing…

Meet Mira: UX Lead with Bing

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My name is Mira and I’m a UX lead. I drive the prototyping and UX PM effort within the Design team on Bing.  My team of developers and PMs help validate design and concepts through working prototypes. We also drive UX thinking on framework features across the Bing experience. I’ve worked at Bing for 5 years (previously as Live Search) and have seen it evolve from a pure relevance-focused organization…

Meet – Dave with Global Foundation Services (GFS)

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Hi, my name is Dave.  I am based out of our Mountain View location and am a Group Manager in the Global Networking Services Implementation team within the Global Foundations Services organization.     Our team builds network infrastructure to ensure that BOS enterprise customers have the required capacity and bandwidth requirements to support new growth. The teams maintain responsibility for deploying to GNS architectural standards ensuring repeatable processes and…

Boulder: Bird’s Eye Imagery & New State-of-the-Art Facility (by Nathan)

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The Bing Mobile group in Boulder, Colorado is constantly developing new areas to bring relevance to search through processing and interpreting imagery. When we last met, I had outlined the structure of our team and operations in Boulder, CO.  This time around, I’d like to take some time to go a little more in depth on one of our products: Bird’s Eye imagery.    One of the challenges our site…

Meet Christina – UX and Visual Designer for Bing

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I have been working as a user experience and visual designer for Bing since October 2009. Over the past year and a half, I have gotten to help redefine the visual look and feel of the product, as well as drive design for several innovative new features. I see search as a very exciting area to work in because of the opportunity that I have to organize and visualize the…