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.