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Microsoft Insider: 2 Days On Redmond Campus

Ever wonder what life is like in Redmond? Here's what I saw during a two-day experience on Microsoft's massive campus.
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Fun fact: This photo was taken in the exact building on Microsoft's campus (RedWest A) where its iconic logo was designed.

This was one of many things I learned during a two-day trip to Microsoft headquarters, where I joined a group of fellow technology watchers in visiting different parts of campus and speaking with employees from across the company.

While there wasn't nearly enough time to explore all of Microsoft, we toured the buildings that house its research facilities, cybersecurity labs, and "The Garage," where hackathons take place and employees can work on their own projects.

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We also heard several Microsoft execs in divisions including the cloud, Office, security, and research discuss their ongoing projects. Some demonstrated new tools and upgrades we can expect to see over the coming months.

The interior HQs of most tech giants are a mystery to most of us. We hear plenty of stories about employee life, but much of what we learn is found via Google searches and online forums. 

While I may never bike across the Googleplex or dine with coders at One Hacker Way, it was interesting and cool to explore Redmond, see where Microsoft employees work, and meet the people behind the products and services we use each day.

Read on to get a peek at the different parts of Microsoft's campus and learn more about what I heard from executives during my visit.

(All images by Kelly Sheridan except where noted)

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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10/4/2015 | 3:29:58 PM
Re: "Bet on the person, not the idea"
I really like the Garage departments as Microsoft. People have the ability to develop their own ideas and put it in some application.  In additon of having the right people but also provide with the right tools to work and collaborate, Microsoft will be able to succeed in the future, not just as a technology giant but as a developer of innovation
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mak63,
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9/3/2015 | 11:27:15 PM
Cybersecurity
I'm sure it was a wonderful experience. Kinda envy you a little.
Anyway, did I understand correctly the cybersecurity issue? There are 135 people to handle 450 million calls per day from infected devices. What kind of calls are they? How does the center handle these calls?
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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9/3/2015 | 11:17:59 AM
"Bet on the person, not the idea"
I do agree on this phrase. Furthermore, I share the same opinion here - the key factor is the person. It's extremly difficult to find and hire the top talent. But it's worth the cost in recruiting - one top talent is more productive than 100 average engineers.
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