Steven Sinofsky's Microsoft TechTalk

Discussion for college grads interested in learning about careers at Microsoft.

Looking for the Building Windows 8 Blog?

If you’re looking for the Building Windows 8 Blog then see http://blogs.msdn.com/b8. If you’re...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/15/2011

Next steps for blogging...

Greetings, I've recently changed jobs at Microsoft and decided that this would be a good time to...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 03/28/2006

Interns -- the intern experience in Office

We’re actively hiring interns from the college campuses we visit. I wanted to use this as an...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 02/23/2006

Heads-up -- check us out at schools all across the US

We're out there visiting a bunch of schools in the next few weeks. At each of these schools you will...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 02/04/2006

Dev (or SDE) at Microsoft

As we hit the college campuses for the second half of recruiting, it seemed like a good idea to pick...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 02/02/2006

Modern PM research techniques

In a comment in the previous post there was a mention of maybe the PM role will go away with the...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 12/19/2005

PM at Microsoft

While at Stanford this week I was asked by a number of PM (program manager) candidates to talk about...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 12/16/2005

Thanks Stanford...

I had a great time at Stanford--though it was cold and cloudy :-) :-) Thanks everyone for taking the...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 12/15/2005

Off to Stanford

I will be at Stanford on wednesday the 14th meeting with Develpment and Program Management hires....

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 12/14/2005

Ken Morse on advice for graduates

A few weeks ago I was on a panel discussion at Cyberposium 2005. The panel's moderator was Ken...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 12/05/2005

Seattle: The Emerald City (Really!)

It is not the heat, it is the humidity.-- David Letterman (ok not really, but it was a catch phrase...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 11/19/2005

By the way ... Office "12" Beta 1 is live

Just thought I'd let folks know that Office "12" Beta 1 went live today. We're pretty excited about...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 11/17/2005

The 100 hour work week: believe it or not?

So how much and how hard do you have to work at Microsoft to be successful? I was asked this...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 11/16/2005

Release timing and Office products -- how fast is fast enough?

I've been asked quite a bit by people interviewing at Microsoft about "software release". This post...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 11/03/2005

Highlights from Boston recruiting

The past couple of days have been busy with a round of presentations and discussions at MIT, Sloan...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 10/20/2005

This week -- visits to a couple of Boston area colleges

I will be visiting both Harvard and MIT this coming week. I look forward to meeting any students...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 10/16/2005

Where should I work? Global development of Microsoft Office.

"Are you able to shed any light on how much software development takes places outside of the US? Or...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 10/15/2005

Yesterday's memories may sparkle and gleam, tomorrow is still but a dream.

This year just like every year, I am very involved in recruiting students from college campuses to...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 10/09/2005

Bureaucracy. Threat or menace? Either, both, or neither? Or it depends!

bu·reauc·ra·cy a. Management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among numerous...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 10/06/2005

MBA Opportunities at Microsoft

Before I get started I should point out that I am not an MBA and I don’t play one on TV. The closest...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/28/2005

Ineffective Middle-Management Suckups

Anonymous said: Managers love to give more reasons why lots of managers are a good thing. Why lots...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/25/2005

What do managers do and how big should my team be?

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.Butcher, in Shakespeare's King Henry VI The first...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/24/2005

Understanding orgs and helping them work better

This is the time of year at Microsoft when individuals and managers decide what HR courses and...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/20/2005

The path to GM -- some thoughts on becoming a general manager

The recruiting season is getting underway and shortly we’ll be “at a college near you” looking to...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/19/2005

More about learning from the past -- Office Assistant

The past couple of weeks have been busy as all the interns moved on (yippie we have more parking)...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 09/12/2005

Registration time -- what courses should I take?

As one of the interns was heading off for his final year, we talked about what courses he is taking....

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/30/2005

Chrysler has interns redesign the Jeep

I was just reading a WSJ article (WSJ subscription required) on Chrysler asking interns to design...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/28/2005

Have a great semester and welcome to Microsoft ...

Most of our interns have packed up and headed back to school. Fall semester is always a magical time...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/28/2005

congratulations Will -- final project presentation

Today Will, one of our interns from the Boston area did a demo of his summer's project. He did a...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/23/2005

Intern culture -- two great video examples

Just wanted to point folks to two great views of intern culture caught on video. On Channel9 you can...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/22/2005

Learning as an engineer -- rising from the ashes of failed projects

Recently a senior program manager asked me for some reading suggestions and I wanted to share a book...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/19/2005

Intern last days: cool projects and fun photos

The interns are starting to return back to school. We had an amazing group of interns this year from...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/14/2005

Oopsie -- anonymous comments turned on

Anonymous comments are now enabled. Sorry about that! --Steven

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/10/2005

Do you have to be a computer science major to work on Microsoft products? NO you don't.

A potential intern sent me the following question: While my major is computer related, I'm afraid...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/08/2005

Tracking code "churn" -- cool intern project

Our interns are wrapping up over the next few weeks. The projects that interns work on are critical...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 08/04/2005

On juggling, unicycles, and jousting

BusinessWeek has an article this week about the hiring binge at some companies in the bay area are...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/29/2005

College Hire and Intern Fair (Photos)

Seattle, 7/27 6:30PM Just got back from the annual College Hire and Intern Fair. Every year we hold...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/27/2005

Thoughts on the first few years of a new hire at Microsoft

I wanted to write some thoughts on career progression for new hires at Microsoft. Up front I should...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/26/2005

One intern's experience at Microsoft

I wanted to share a cool message I got this morning from one of our interns (I deleted the contact...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/22/2005

Changing career paths at Microsoft -- short answer

Today I was talking with an intern who was having a good, but not great, summer working on one of...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/22/2005

Q&A Session today -- "Fascinating technology"

Today the interns got together and I got to host a q&a session, which is always a highlight of...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/21/2005

Office Intern Party 2005

Seattle: July 20, 6:30PM Just got back from our our intern party and Jillian's which is a great...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/20/2005

Welcome to TechTalk!

Welcome! One day in graduate school I decided that more school in computer science wasn’t really for...

Author: steven_sinofsky Date: 07/19/2005