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Life at Microsoft – Part 1

May 26th, 2006 by Patrick Elliott

After two weeks working here at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington campus, I’ve been told I need to write a blog post ๐Ÿ™‚ So here goes..

Two weeks ago I flew to Seattle from Richmond, Virginia to take a contract with Microsoft.ร‚ย  My job is to process incoming feedback and bugs from the Technical Beta programs, and to analyze that feedback and coordinate it with the appropriate development teams, as well as test leads for the Windows Beta such as Jeff DeVos,ร‚ย Paul Donnelly, Sam White, Todd Frederickson, Tenny Cho, and others.ร‚ย 

I’m still waiting to move into a room I rented starting on June 1, so until then I’ve alternated staying with a couple of guys on the team — and one night I even stayed in the luxiorious “Hotel Microsoft” — I have a sleeping bag (picture below), and ordered a pizza delivered to the front of my building — it’s truley an awesome company to work for ๐Ÿ™‚


As many of you (okay, mostly all of you) know, we shipped Beta 2 of the Windows Vista operating system to partners and testers on May 24th.ร‚ย  We’re as excited internally (if not more so) about getting that out to you guys and hearing your thoughts and feedback on it.ร‚ย  I’m actually writing this blog post from a x64 build 5384.4 (same as you guys) machine right now, and I can say it rocks — we’ve truely come a long way on Vista, but it’s mainly due to the great feedback you guys give.ร‚ย  So on behalf of myself and all of us here at Microsoft, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I’ll write more as time permits –

-Patrick Elliott

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7 Responses

  1. Darren Straight Says:

    Nice blog post but even better yet, great sleepng bag! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kristan Kenney Says:

    Looks like you had a blast, Patrick! When will we get to see Part 2? More important – what is part 2 going to consist of?

  3. Andre Da Costa Says:

    Pat, love it! Keep up the great work, I just want you to know, we are really proud of you.

  4. Patrick S Says:

    Ha Ha Ha AWESOME post…Cant wait for Part 2. Doing us Proud Pat.

  5. KenLin Says:

    Wow…..Microsoft Hotel. Noone invite you to stay in his home for a night?

  6. Dennis Fraederich Says:

    Hey Pat really nice, give us part2.
    Didn’t Bill asked you if you want to stay at his castle? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Cullen Dudas Says:

    Umm Patrick, can I please stay at Hotel Microsoft over the summer? I have nothing else to do ๐Ÿ™‚