Bing Coding Challenge Round 2!

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Developers – It’s round two of Bing’s Coding Challenge! This time we have three opportunities to showcase your technical skills through three original coding challenges. Choose carefully as you can only submit one entry! Microsoft News Experience Coding Challenge The Bing Apps Coding Challenge The Bing Phone Apps Coding Challenge Start marinating over the challenges and when complete, submit your entry or entries to bingjobs@microsoft.com no later than 5:59pm PST,…

Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP!

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Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP! What do Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner (among many, many others) all have in common? They rock. What do you and your female counterparts in the Seattle tech community solving tough challenges, delivering innovative solutions, and changing the world we live in for the better all have in common? You rock too. It’s time to get all these rockin’ women under…

Learn more about Elisa Jasinska – Network Toolsmith

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  Elisa Jasinska started her Internet career as a Network Engineer at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange in 2005. The exchange point, also called AMS-IX, is a member driven non-profit Internet exchange based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. With its small team, great atmosphere and incredibly smart people, AMS-IX made Elisa enthusiastic about networks and Internet technologies and she has been enjoying the Internet industry ever since.   Being part of 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…

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…

Finding the Perfect Match – by Katherine Stern

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While staring at the words of my dating profile: Hello, my name is Katherine, I am 5’8″, and have brown hair and eyes and I like golf, tennis and long walks on the beach…I got to thinking, wow, this is really similar to recruiting.  So, for the fun of it, I thought I would compare the similarities.  These are my findings! Your resume is your online profile.  It tells a…

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…

Reinventing Software Testing: by Harry Robinson, Principal SDET for Bing

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When is a Chinese restaurant not a Chinese restaurant? Think software testing is easy? Then you’re probably doing it poorly. Good software testing can be fun, but it’s never easy. Try this thought experiment. When a user searches for “Chinese restaurant” or “burger joint” or even just the word “vegetarian”, Bing provides information on nearby restaurants that carry that type of food. As a tester, would you be able to…