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…

Microsoft’s Best Presents at NANOG55 Event – by Petr Lapukhov

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North American Network Operator Group, or NANOG, is an open forum bringing together network engineers from the US/Canada’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and enterprises. The main goals of NANOG meetings are exchanging ideas, presenting designs, giving tutorials, learning new things, and sharing operational experience. The event is very popular among network operators, and gathers hundreds of people three times a year. You can meet people from the industry leading…

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…

Want to change the world? Want to make the web a better place? Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS) is hiring rock star Network Engineers – by Kay Kelison

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Does being an integral member of the team that is building out the Microsoft cloud for hundreds of millions of daily users sound exciting to you? Are you passionate, high energy and do you have a desire to help build the network that powers the world’s largest online services? GFS is responsible for delivering over 200 Microsoft web portals, Live and Online Services around the world including infrastructure, security and…

Want to Change the World? Want to Make the Web a Better Place? by Kay Kelison

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Microsoft Bing is hiring the next innovator! We are heading to Dublin, Ireland to interview the best engineers from all over Europe for this quest! Will you be the LUCKY one? Have you ever considered relocating to the U.S.? Have you ever dreamed about completely revolutionizing the way the world interacts with the internet? Engineers at Bing aim for nothing less than to solve the biggest challenges in computing related to…

Building a Better Speller: Bing and Microsoft Research Offer Prizes for Best Search Engine Spelling Alteration Services

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When you type a word or phrase into a search engine, there are a number of things that could go wrong. You might not know how a term is spelled or, in your rush to jump to the results, you could transpose or otherwise mistype some characters. Spelling alteration is a popular search technique used to translate apparent typographical errors, alternative spellings, and synonyms into an improved query that returns…

Introducing Diana – Content Ads Product Manager

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  My name is Diana and I am the Content Ads Product Manager in APS.  Right now we are focused on Yahoo! migration and landing it successfully.  It is a very interesting time to work in this division and I am excited by the huge opportunities for Content Ads in the next year.  Before I joined full-time, I was a vendor with the same group and got to learn a…