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My first two weeks at Microsoft

Posted by anirudhsaraf on June 17, 2008

Let me just say its been awesome – except for the weather which seems to be taking a good turn now :),  about time I would say.

The best part about working at Microsoft is all the new technology – and the people who created them – I get to experience and see everyday. I could just as easily spend my entire day attending talks as opposed to getting any actual work done – there are so many exciting things to learn. The way the system works is I write out my commitments in consultation with my manager which is used to evaluate my progress. There are no fixed timings for reporting or leaving. I usually get in between 9-10 and stay there till the time my stomach starts complaining about dinner. Aargh – free dinners or at least open cafe’s at night would make things so much easier. I know Google pops into your mind – but seriously I prefer the more technological exposure at Microsoft over free food. In my two weeks here, I got exposed to Windows Server , Hyper-V , PowerShell, Sharepoint apart from experiencing the whole software creation process.

I did get a peek at the new version of OneNote they are cooking up here. Unfortunately I can’t talk about it but I can’t wait for when I can. There is a lot to talk about 🙂 Boy, am I excited about it. My commitment or projects for the internship consist of testing one of the new features ( about which I can’t talk) and writing a tool to automate testing about which I can talk :). Basically I am writing some tools that deal with creating and automatically running a testing tool on Virtual Machines(Hyper-V ). This would make it easy for our team to deploy testing solutions to other teams to eliminate problems like OneNote and Windows Home Server corruption issue before they are discovered by users. I am still working on wrapping my head around the tools I need to learn to accomplish this :), and hopefully I’ll get it figured out soon.

That’s all for now :), but if you guys have some feature you are dying to see in OneNote, let me know in the comments and I’ll try my best to influence the PM’s  to think about them.

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My First Day at Microsoft

Posted by anirudhsaraf on June 4, 2008

The first day started with dreary weather, a sign of things to follow perhaps. I reported at Building 122 at 8:00 am to take part in the New Employee Orientation. The morning was long and dull as we were made to fill out forms and go through orientation. We were made aware of various Microsoftie things like how to access the network, find HR related information, and watch essential security and legal videos. It should suffice to say that the most interesting and comic part of the entire morning of orientation was a video by one of the lawyers about the law, antitrust and IP protection stuff. Though his humor was obviously unintentional, I think he managed to generate the most laughs by saying things like “It’s bad enough to be a lawyer” with a totally expressionless face. Hmm, any comedians out there wish to comment on whether its a technique to appear unintentionally comic with a totally expressionless face?

After lunch ( notice we hadn’t yet left the single room we were in – from 8:00 – 1:30) we split up into teams and were sent off on a scavenger hunt. While the idea itself was good, in my opinion it was a failure as none of us had keycards to get in into any of the buildings, nor did anyone know even vaguely what the questions referred to. It was more like a battle between the group leaders (Microsoft workers who volunteered) rather than the tour of campus or a team building exercise which I think they intended it to be.

However I do realize that most of the stuff we did had to be done and considering that they get a batch of interns (around 100 in mine) every week, they couldn’t really do anything special like getting a high exec.to give a talk etc., but they sure could have tried to liven things up a little.

Then after that around 4:00  I met with John (my manager) and the rest of the Test Team. It was really thrilling to meet some of the people behind the product and my mentor (my go -to person 🙂 )  helped me set up my office station and email etc. They gave me 2 desktop computers and a screamer of a Gateway tablet 🙂 . She walked me through a few things but since I did not have full network access yet  looking at the actual tools was put off. Probably a nice thing, because a mixture of the boring morning and jet lag had made me really tired and sleepy. After checking my mail ( Yes I already had around 25 of them !! )  I called it a day.

Today, on the other hand is projected to be a sunny day, and I am looking forward to my first day in office.

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