Chris Sells -- Tour of MSDN

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Chris Sells, an MSDN program manager who runs the Longhorn Developer Center, takes us on a tour of MSDN's offices. You too can jump into one of Sara Williams' meetings, walk down the hall and learn all sorts of interesting things that people at MSDN are working on. Even jump into a meeting with MVPs. Some other things that Chris does? He blogs and keeps a site about the interviewing process here at Microsoft.

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      lars
      Awsome dudes - I love it! Great to get to see where the action takes place and what your offices look like.

      /curious Lars.
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      scobleizer
      Those offices have a spectacular view (better than most on campus). My office is more like Chris Sells'. Just four walls for me. Glad you liked the tour.
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      Analise
      Very cool, I'll loved to see more.

      Thanks, this channel has a promising future.
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      SKG
      Very Cool, but didn't you miss a few hallways?
    • User profile image
      Analise
      Very cool, I loved to see more.

      Thanks, this channel has good potencial.
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      miies
      Loved it too! More of this! Smiley
    • User profile image
      SKG
      hmm..several posts from the same session, bug or "feature"?
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      SKG
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      Bug or feature?
    • User profile image
      Frankie Fresh
      So that's what Talking Rain is.
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      OSUKid7
      Awesome video. Looks like a fun place to work. Hope to see more long videos like that soon. Smiley
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      jeffsand
      Frankie Fresh wrote:
      So that's what Talking Rain is.


      Here's a close-up for you Frankie from a recent Moblog Entry. Personally, I drink the blue water.



    • User profile image
      Manip
      Hey, that was fun do it again! Smiley

      Seriously guys.. you can't keep a camera on for more than two minutes without a Blue Screen of death!
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      PeteBeech
      Really great!! - it gives you an excellent feel for what its like there. A few more videos like that would be a very good idea..
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      lars
      I've got that "Unknown Error" a couple of times too. But it always seem to post alright anyway.

      Edit: Got one when I posted this reply even. Wierd stuff is going down. Smiley

      /Lars.

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      Bryn Waibel
      For some reason these errors aren't being logged, so we hadn't noticed them before. I'm trying to track them down now, stay tuned.

      Edit: I got one too, sweet.
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      lauraj
      MSDN from a shakey cam looks different!  Okay, that tour was totally fun, but I have to tell you that I'm deeply disappointed that Chris didn't stop by *my* office, when it was only 3 away.  He missed Duncan, too, though, so I guess I don't feel SO sad Wink
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      Manip
      lauraj wrote:
      MSDN from a shakey cam looks different!  Okay, that tour was totally fun, but I have to tell you that I'm deeply disappointed that Chris didn't stop by *my* office, when it was only 3 away.  He missed Duncan, too, though, so I guess I don't feel SO sad Wink


      Do you wear that paper bag hat while your coding or is it just for formal events?
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      creamhacker​ed
      Great video guys, would love to see more of these. Perhaps a tour of build labs of Longhorn or dev labs?
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      BruceLee
      Cool video. I love the office for the Dotnet Architect managers. Smiley
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      BruceLee
      It's cool! I love the office for the Architect and the mp3 player on the desk. Smiley
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      RandyRants

      w00t!  Got any open offices over there that need filling? Big Smile

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      TommyW
      RandyRants wrote:

      w00t!  Got any open offices over there that need filling? Big Smile



      We've got a few job openings right now, but we're short on office space. So I guess the answer to your question is technically "no." But if you're interested in a job with MSDN (even if you do have to share an office) check out the Microsoft Careers site for MSDN openings.
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      Charles
      Bryn Waibel wrote:
      For some reason these errors aren't being logged, so we hadn't noticed them before. I'm trying to track them down now, stay tuned.

      Edit: I got one too, sweet.


      We're now logging these exceptions. Next time it happens we'll be able to identify the bugger and fix it. Thanks for your patience.

      Keep on posting,

      Charles
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      scobleizer
      Creamhackered: a tour of labs would be cool. We're getting over to the Tablet PC team next week. Should be interesting.
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      PeteBeech
      TommyW wrote:

      We've got a few job openings right now, but we're short on office space. So I guess the answer to your question is technically "no." But if you're interested in a job with MSDN (even if you do have to share an office) check out the Microsoft Careers site for MSDN openings.


      I just checked out the SDE job posting, and one of the requirements is:
      "Familiarity with Microsoft tools and processes: CoreXt, Source Depot, Product Studio"

      These sound like internal tools at Microsoft (I can't find any references on the web), so would a job posting like this basically be open only to existing or ex Microsoft employees? Is there any point in applying for someone outside of Microsoft who wouldn't have had any chance to get this experience? (assuming they are internal tools)
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      BruceLee
      Cool! The office of the Architect lood good. I like the MP3 player on the desk. Smiley
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      creamhacker​ed
      Excellent, can't wait for the Tablet PC one then Smiley

      Good stuff guys.
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      vanlandw
      very cool video..it's nice to see places that are intersting that i'm sure i'll never get to see in person..
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      qwert231
      Definetly a new office Chris. Thanks for the tour.
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      TommyW
      PeteBeech wrote:


      I just checked out the SDE job posting, and one of the requirements is:
      "Familiarity with Microsoft tools and processes: CoreXt, Source Depot, Product Studio"

      These sound like internal tools at Microsoft (I can't find any references on the web), so would a job posting like this basically be open only to existing or ex Microsoft employees? Is there any point in applying for someone outside of Microsoft who wouldn't have had any chance to get this experience? (assuming they are internal tools)


      Those are internal tools, and normally there's a bit more explanation. Instead of talking about those specfic tools, the description should probably have said something like:

      Familiarity with tools used for large-team software development, including build systems, source control systems, and bug tracking systems. Experience with Microsoft tools and processes (such as CoreXt, Source Depot, and Product Studio) a plus.
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      azavareh
      Chris:

      Loved the video! It was fun and it was great to see the people that I visit their work, everytime I open my browser (my default page is set to MSDN)!

      More please.

      Thanks
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      TimC

      great video,  can it be downloaded as a wmv or similar ?

      tim

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      scobleizer
      Not yet, sorry.
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      scobleizer
      Lauraj: I'm sorry we didn't get to you. I'd love to have you do an interview. Interested?
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      azavareh

      Two other notes...

      Kudos should be said to the person who is interviewing/following Chris, as well.

      Most times, you get some monotone guy talking towards the camera with not much interaction from the guys behind the camera or if there is any kind of interaction it tends to be of some generic question like "so, what do you think about so and so..." which leaves the person being interviewed (or followed in this instance) hanging out there trying to come up with interesting things to say! This time around, both Chris and the person who is following him are interesting and have awesome sense of humor and good banter (for lack of better word) which is what made this video fun to watch.

      Also, can you tell how much we envy you Microsoft guys/gals for working there at MSFT? That’s probably why I’ve watched this video couple of times, already.


      Thank you

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      scobleizer
      Azavareh, sorry, I should have made that clear. I'm the guy behind the camera. Thanks for the compliments!

      I was always envious of Microsoft employees too. It is a great place to work.
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      luX
      very cool video!! i would love to see more!
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      will
      Darn, this is one of those times I wish I was on something faster than dialup! I can't see a thing, and I have a bit of audio, though that jumps and skips like crazy! So it's like, hear a few words, then nothing. A few more words, and nothing again. Oh well, hope to get a broadband connection soon so I can watch this tour! And other videos on channel9!
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      BinaryBoy
      Very interesting to see behind the scenes.  Best video so far. Nice job.

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      Huh O i C
      Wow that was sooo cool!  I think it was awesome that you guys opened the doors to allow us to see where all the great minds at MSDN get their gears in motion. 

      I'd love to see more.  Maybe what actually goes on during a meeting to see how they talk about the topics, what they take into consideration for the topic, how these ideas are formed and put into the hands of us, if possible.

      I would understand if that was not possible though, due to many issues and red tapes that might need to be crossed.
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      Jose
      Great video, thanks. the best so far, waiting for more...
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      Anando [MVP]

      A very cool video indeed ! We would love to see more such videos involving people/places where the real action takes place.

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      cmcmsf

      Ok, how smart do I need to be to work at Microsoft?  I want a job there.  That is my goal.  Now to learn everything about everything so that I can pass the interview process...

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      Mun
      Thanks for the tour Chris.  Looks great!  Nice to see where you guys work Smiley

      Hope to see more similar videos soon!
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      scobleizer
      CMCMSF: It's not about raw smarts. Although most people have those here.

      It depends on what job you want to do.

      That's where I'd start. What job would make you happy?
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      lofan


      Great work and I am looking forward to see more vid from channel 9,
      hey, how about introduce gals into channel 9 team      
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      scobleizer
      Lofan: we're working on that. Beth Goza is gonna do some interviews with the Tablet PC team on Friday. The team will expand. I did an interview with Sara Ford too, so she'll show up soon.
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      LimeStone
      Pria, girl in the yellow shirt, you are very pretty!

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